Tragedy Strikes Family: Houston Boy and Grandmother Grievously Injured by Downed Power Line


Tragic Incident: Family Endures Burns and Hospitalization after Power Line Shock

Houston, Texas – A 6-year-old boy and his 56-year-old grandmother underwent hospitalization after suffering electric shocks and burns from a downed power line. The incident occurred during a severe storm in their campground at Lake Conroe.

Morgan Winters, the mother of the boy, recounted the harrowing experience. “They weren’t close enough to touch the line, but they were pointing it out to someone else from a distance,” she explained. “It’s hard to fathom how they got shocked.”

Both victims were transported to the hospital, where Nathan, the young boy, sustained second-degree burns to 18% of his body, primarily on his limbs. His grandmother, Charlotte, suffered more extensive burns, covering over 55% of her body with varying degrees of severity.

“It’s been overwhelming,” said Morgan Winters. “We’ve been running between floors at the hospital, coordinating care for both of them. It’s a lot for our family to handle right now.”

Nathan has undergone a skin graft surgery and may require additional procedures. Charlotte’s condition remains critical, and she is facing potential amputations of several toes and a finger. Recovery for both victims has been arduous, particularly for Nathan, who struggles to comprehend the severity of his injuries.

Despite their physical challenges, Charlotte has mustered her strength to check on her grandson regularly. The hospital has not allowed them to see each other in person yet, but they communicate through video calls, which allowed Nathan to witness his own injuries for the first time.

“He was horrified when he saw his face,” said Morgan Winters. “He kept saying, ‘Mommy, I’m hideous.’ We’re trying our best to reassure him.”

The incident has served as a stark reminder of the dangers of downed power lines. The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office emphasizes staying at least 10 feet away from such lines, as high-voltage electricity can “jump” to anyone in close proximity. Energized lines can pose a hazard even from distances as wide as 35 feet.

Water on the ground can also conduct electricity, increasing the risk of shock. If you encounter a downed power line, do not attempt to move it. Instead, shuffle away using small steps, avoiding contact with the live wire. Do not drive over downed lines.

The family of Nathan and Charlotte has set up a GoFundMe page to help offset the mounting medical expenses. The community has rallied around them, offering support and prayers for their recovery.

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