Florence football coach struck by lightning makes “tremendous improvement”

Zach Mumford

FLORENCE, SC – We now know more about what happened after a Florence youth football coach was struck by lightning while at practice Tuesday.

News13 first brought you this story on Wednesday.

19-year-old Zach Mumford is still being treated at McLeod Hospital in Florence.Zach’s grandfather, Florence County Councilman Reverend Waymon Mumford, says Zach he has made tremendous progress since Tuesday.

“I asked him I said Zach if you can open your eyes open your eyes and he opened his eyes.  I said now if you can understand what I’m saying shake your head for me and he did.  Those were just miracles right there,” said Mumford as he smiled.

He just loves it working with other young students and that was just his life,” he added.

Zach coaches youth football and this season he also helped out with the West Florence High School Football team where he once played on.

“The coach liked him so well until he made him one of his assistant coaches,” Mumford explained.

After practice ended Tuesday, Zach stood with several of his players along with another coach when lightning hit them.

Zach received the brunt of the strike.

After it happened one of the coaches performed CPR until help arrived.  Now family and friends pray for help from a higher power.

“We’re just so blessed to have a caring community,” Mumford said.

Zach has been taken off the ventilator and is breathing on his own now.

Doctors say the prognosis looks good and the family should learn more on his condition soon.


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