Lone survivor of White House lightning strike is Newbury Park woman

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White House lightning strike
White House lightning strike

The lone survivor of the White House lightning strike is a Newbury Park woman

 

The sole survivor of the lightning strike which killed three people close to the White House on Thursday night is a woman 28 years old who hails from Newbury Park.

Amber Escudero-Kontostathis is in stable condition in a Washington, D.C.-area hospital after being revived on-site by a defibrillator used by the U.S. Secret Service, according to her mother.

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White House lightning strike
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“The Secret Service men saved her,” said Julie Escudero. “I’ve tried to discover their names of them so that I can personally express my gratitude to them personally. They brought her back to life.”

  1. Escudero-Kontostathis was working for Threshold Giving, a nonprofit advocacy group for refugees, on her 28th birthday in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.when she was caught in a thunderstormOne survivor from the White House lightning strike is a Newbury Park woman
  2. Joe Curley
  3. Ventura County Star
  4. The sole survivor of the lightning strike which killed three people close to the White House on Thursday night is a woman aged 28 who hails from Newbury Park.
  5. Amber Escudero-Kontostathis is in stable condition in a Washington, D.C.-area hospital after being revived on-site by a defibrillator used by the U.S. Secret Service, according to her mother.
  6. “The Secret Service men saved her,” said Julie Escudero. “I’ve attempted to locate their names to personally express my gratitude to them personally. They brought her back to life.”
  7. Escudero-Kontostathis was working for Threshold Giving, a nonprofit advocacy group for refugees, on her 28th birthday in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. when she was caught in a thunderstorm.
  8. Amber Escudero-Kontostathis, a 2012 Newbury Park High graduate, survived a lightning strike outside the White House Thursday that killed three people.
  9. She was part of a group of people looking for shelter from the rain inside a forest when she was struck by a devastating series of lightning strikes.
  10. “There was a lightning storm of six that struck the spot within a quarter of a minute,” Escudero said.
  11. Analyst for lightning Chris Vagasky told the Washington Post that there was a “six-stroke flash close to the White House that hit the same spot in the earth” at about 6:49 p.m
  12. The strike’s location resulted in first responders in the area as per Vito Maggiolo, spokeswoman for the district’s Fire and EMS Department. The U.S Secret Service uniform division as well as U.S. Park Police both were present at the time of the strike and started providing medical assistance to the four victims.” Maggiolo explained. “We received a remarkably robust initial response.”
  13. A doctor vacationing from Germany and two medics from Texas were also among the strike’s witnesses who rushed to help, according to Escudero-Kontostathis’ family.
  14. “Luckily there were plenty of people around who have medical expertise,” said her father, Bob Escudero. “There were a lot of people in the right place at the right time to do what they could.”Four victims suffered critical injuries and were taken to area hospitals, according to Maggiolo. Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, a couple from Janesville, Wisconsin, celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary, and Brooks A. Lambertson, 29, a Los Angeles bank employee, has been identified among the dead, according to authorities. Escudero-Kontostathis suffered burns down the left side of her body, near where she held the bag carrying her electronic devices, and was initially too weak to walk, according to her parents.
  15. She had enough stamina to take her first steps off her respirator on Friday and be transferred out of the unit’s intensive care to the burning center Saturday the day she made her first step following the strike.
  16. “The trauma doctor called yesterday and told me she was an absolute miracle” explained Julie Escudero, who believes that the doctor. Martens boots her daughter used to wear, which had heavy rubber soles, were a factor in her recovery.
  17. It is believed that the Escudero family members, who reside within Newbury Park, rushed to Washington, D.C. to assist their daughter and husband. I’m fairly certain that my daughter will walk out of the hospital soon,” Julie Escudero said.
  18. Family friends Alison Dobner and Malena Murray have organized a GoFundMe page to help Escudero-Kontostathis with medical costs. The funds had already surpassed $19,000 by the time of the afternoon on Saturday.
  19. Escudero-Kontostathis is a 2012 graduate of Newbury Park High, where she played soccer and golf.
  20. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Pepperdine University and is scheduled to start a master’s degree program at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies next month. Escudero-Kontostathis was drawn to the nation’s capital by her passion for human rights. Her involvement in Threshold Giving helps support the International Rescue Committee, the human rights group created in 1923 by Albert Einstein.
  21. “She was always interested in the rights of people,” said Bob Escudero. “It’s as if she’s begging to leap out of bed and start working.”
  22. Joe Curley is a staff reporter for the Star. You can reach him at

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