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A schoolgirl was left with a Harry Potter-style scar after she was hit by a lightning bolt in a thunderstorm. Erin Moran, 10, was sitting by an attic window watching the storm when the lighting struck right above her home in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. It hit the glass, went into Erin's left arm - leaving a scar - shot through her body and exited through her right big toe before leaving a scorch mark on the bedroom carpet.
The bolt left a spark-shaped scar on her arm in the same way that the boy wizard Harry Potter is left with a lighting bolt scar. Erin was taken to hospital after being hit on Monday night but was well enough to be released home after just three hours.
She was left with the jagged scar on her arm to show her friends. Her relieved father Mark, 40, said: 'It was a miracle - Erin is a very lucky little girl. It is amazing. The lightning went right through her and she has the scar to prove it.' Erin was upstairs watching the storm at the family home when she was struck.
Mark said: 'There was an almighty crash and I heard Erin scream. I just thought she had been frightened by the bang but when I went upstairs I could see she had been shocked. 'I could smell burning and Erin was complaining that her arm and her toe was hurting. 'I could see the scorch mark on her arm and I realised she had been struck by lightning.'
Mark and his wife Rhian, 40, took her to hospital while the fire brigade arrived to check if there had been any damage to their three-storey house. BBC technician Mark said: 'Erin was in clinical shock for about an hour but after that she went back to being her cheery self.
'But the doctors were astounded - the first doctor who looked at her just said: "Wow!" 'They took photographs and doctors from other departments were turning up on the ward to say ''Do you mind if we have a look at her burn mark?'' They took blood and did other tests but after three hours they let her home.
'She is very excited about it now - she couldn't wait to go to school to tell all her friends.'
The lightning scar quickly faded so Erin took in the pictures taken at Prince Charles hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.
The double glazed attic window was left with a hole the size of a 5p piece where the lightning bolt passed through it.