Kids, 2 and 5, watch in horror as parents are struck by lightning

A man has died after he and his wife were struck by lightning.

Brent and Kristen Jerome, were both struck by a bolt of lightning last Saturday at Sanibel Beach in the US state of Florida while on holiday, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

Their two kids, aged 2 and 5, were with them but walked away unscathed.

Bystander Deivid Tejera said he saw the children trying to make sense of what had happened.

Brent and Kristen Jerome are pictured with their two children.
Brent and Kristen Jerome were both struck by lightning. Source: Downtown Church via Fox 4

"We saw the kids touching them, like hey mum, mum! Or dad, dad! That’s when we ran over to them, and we realised that they were unconscious,” he told Fox 4.

Mr Tejera added he and others performed CPR on the couple.

The pair were rushed to hospital but on Wednesday Mr Jerome died, according to Downtown Church in the US state of South Carolina where his wife volunteers.

Sanibel Beach is pictured.
Sanibel Beach where the couple were struck by lightning. Source: Fox 4

“Words fail to capture the grief, sadness, anger, and shock that his family, his friends, and this church are feeling after such a freak accident,” the church said.

“In light of the deep sadness we feel, it brings this community some hope knowing that five different people who have been waiting for a miracle might receive that from our friend, husband, and father, Brent Jerome.

“As he was moved in the hospital, friends, family, and hospital employees lined the hall to honour Brent for the ways he continues to radiate life even while his soul is already in God’s eternal Kingdom.”

Ms Jerome is still recovering from her injuries.

“Kristen is continuing to recover and is incredibly grateful for the warmth and care she has received from friends and strangers,” the church said.

Mr Jerome’s organs have since been passed on for donation.

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