British Mum Killed By Freak Lightning Strike While On Holiday With Her Kids In Croatia

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.

Danielle DiMambro, 48, was struck by lightning at a beach near Split, Croatia
Danielle DiMambro, 48, was struck by lightning at a beach near Split, Croatia

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".


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