Infant saved from lightning strike fire upgraded to stable condition
Post-Tribune Staff Report September 21, 2013 10:46PM
Updated: October 24, 2013 6:26AM
CHICAGO — Physicians at Comer Children’s Hospital said the infant who survived a fire in Gary caused by a lightning strike Thursday morning has been upgraded to stable.
An attending physician said 9-month-old Ariel Johnson’s condition had improved from critical to stable.
“The physician said she’s made some significant progress over the night,” said University of Chicago Medical spokeswoman Tiffani Washington.
The fire started after lightning struck the front of the home at 1082 Jefferson Court.
Johnson was airlifted to Comer Hospital after firefighters found her shielded from the flames by Jackie Allen, 45, of Gary, who huddled over the baby near the back door of the house.
Allen later died from her injuries at Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus.
Johnson was a foster child in the care of Allen and Allen’s mother.
Hobart resident Angelo Santucci, 28, was also killed Thursday when lightning from the fast-moving storm struck the billboard he was working on at Interstate 80/94 and Clark Road in Gary.