Family says 13-year-old son severely hurt by lightning continues to improve

Other boy injured by lightning has been released

EL PASO, Texas - The family of Hunter Keffer released the following statement, through El Paso Children's Hospital, regarding the status of Hunter.

"Rick and Mitzi Keffer, parents of Hunter, would like everyone to know
that Hunter is slowly making improvements and getting better every day. Hunter is a fighter, and is working very hard to get well.

"Our family has received so many kind words, messages, and prayers and can truly feel all the support from our friends, family, school, church, football coaches, and community.

"Our deepest gratitude goes out to Chris Herrera, Anna Krause, all first responders, and the staff from Mountain View Medical Center in Las Cruces. We deeply appreciate the doctors and nurses who continue to work with him at El Paso Children's Hospital. Our family continues to thank God for his mercy, and grace, and continued healing of Hunter."

Hunter was one of six people - five children and one adult - injured by a lightning strike at Picacho Middle School's football field in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Hunter was critically injured and sent to Mountain View Medical Center before being sent to University Medical Center in El Paso.

Demetrius Aguilera has been released from El Paso Children's Hospital.

Zeke Gama is still being treated at El Paso Children's Hospital.

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