Cyclist meets life saving nurse after lightning strike

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A man lived to tell what it's like to be struck by a bolt of lightning in his ear.

It happened two months ago this week. It's amazing to see how Joe Adams is doing now after getting stuck on his bike in the middle of a lighting storm. August 28th was a stormy day. Joe Adams told what happened to him, "It struck in the right ear it pretty much shot of my ear and my heart almost immediately."

Kyanna Winston was in her car right next to Joe Adams when it happened. She called for help. She said, "Scar, very, very scary I was literally in tears."

Amy Schoenberg was taking her kids to the soccer game. She's a nurse at SSM St. Joseph West Hospital. She pulled over and began CPR on Joe. She said, "I've been a nurse of 16 years but that day was the highlight of my nursing career."

Thursday night for the first time since it happened Joe and Amy met. Adams said, "It's amazing she's a hero she's my hero." Schoenberger said, "Overwhelming and an incredible indescribable feeling joy to see him alive and doing so well."

The paramedics who rushed to the scene, the police officer, the Depaul Health Center emergency room doctor and nurses were also there to celebrate Joe's survival, and to be recognized for their outstanding work.

It was touch and go at first, no one was sure Joe would live. He was in Depaul for 13 days but was able to return to work a month after the incident. Adams said, "I am not going to be ride my bike in nasty weather anymore."

He has few long term injuries. His ear drum was perforated and he lost about six to seven weeks of memory. Other than he's doing great.

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