A mum who was on holiday with her children in Croatia has died after being struck by lightning in an "unusual and desperately sad case", an inquest has heard.
48-year-old Danielle DiMambro was in Croatia enjoying a holiday with her children when the tragic event occurred.
Authorities said that a freak lightning strike entered through the right ear of Ms DiMambro, causing catastrophic injuries with the victim suffering an "out of hospital cardiac arrest."
A member of the public attempted to carry out CPR on Ms DiMambro, however, the 48-year-old still suffered hypoxic brain injuries.
Ms DiMambro was rushed to a local hospital and placed in an intensive care unit before later being repatriated to the United Kingdom.
Due to the severity of her injuries, doctors described Ms DiMambro's long-term prognosis as "poor" and she was put on palliative end-of-life care.
Tragically, she died in hospital in the UK on October 7.
Danielle DiMambro, of Mansfield Road, Nottingham, was with her daughter at a beach near Split when she was struck by lightning.
Speaking at an inquest at the Nottingham Council House, Mairin Casey said: "The lightning strike is thought to have entered through the right ear.
"This is a very unusual and desperately sad case".