An Alabama teenager miraculously survived getting hit in the chest by lightning on her very first day of classes at the University of West Florida — leaving her with serious burns and causing her Apple Watch to explode.

Emma Eggler, 18, had only moved to Pensacola over the weekend and was struck on her first day on campus Monday, she told WEARTV.

Emma Eggler proudly wearing a uni. T-shirt.
Eggler, 18, was ending her first day of classes at the University of West Florida when the lightning struck her in the chest.
Facebook / Erin Eggler

“I did not feel anything at all, really. I just woke up on the ground,” Eggler told the local station.

“I was more embarrassed because I thought I tripped and fell on the ground. Then, I realized I couldn’t move, I couldn’t speak and I couldn’t do anything,” she told WKRG in a separate interview.

A senior who rushed to help, Nelson Libbert, recalled telling the teen how strong she was — and how she was having “a tough first day.”

Doctors later told Eggler that “the lightning went through really close to my heart,” and she likely only avoided a heart attack because of her young age.

“My shirt was completely open because of the lightning strike. It melted to me,” she told WEARTV.

Shirt damaged by lightning.
The teen’s shirt was completely ripped open and “melted” to her, she revealed.
Facebook / Erin Eggler

The bolt caused second-degree burns on her chest and stomach, as well as her wrist after her Apple Watch exploded.

It traveled right through to her left foot, leaving holes in her sock and shoes, she said, revealing her initial fear that she was paralyzed was fortunately unfounded.

Eggler's damaged Apple Watch.
The electricity blew apart the freshman’s Apple Watch, burning her wrist.
Facebook / Erin Eggler
Eggler's injured hand.
The exploded Apple Watch slightly burned her hand.
Facebook / Erin Eggler
Hole in Eggler's sneaker.
It went right through to her left foot, leaving a hole in her sock and sneaker.
Facebook / Erin Eggler

“A lot of doctors told me I should buy a lottery ticket because I was so lucky,” she told WEARTV.

Her mom, Erin Eggler, told the station, “We definitely feel like God performed a miracle for her. That is the only explanation for why she is still here with us.”



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