What saved Kimberly Krone's life was the quick action of her 9-year-old son Tristan Coxwell, who called 911 for help.
"When I was little she got me a little play phone and stuff and I played with it. She taught me how to call 911," Tristan told "Good Morning America" today. "In this equation, I just remembered to call 911 in an emergency."
Krone, whose children range in age from 6 months to 9 years, was cleaning up from breakfast with her kids on June 11 and had just grabbed a dirty pan when she heard two loud booms.
That sound was quickly followed by an electrical bolt which made its way through recessed lighting in her ceiling, before bouncing off the pan and plunging into her chest.
The 29-year-old from Forney, Texas said she tried to drop the pan but couldn't and the current shot out of her little toe.
Krone, who had watched the weather warnings in her area before being struck, said she felt like she was on fire when the current passed through her body.
Tristan, who already was on his way into the kitchen to warn his mother because he had seen a bolt hit the thermostat, watched as Krone collapsed to her knees.
As she crawled to the living room, Krone instructed her son to call "Mamaw," her mother who lives nearby. Instead, Tristan grabbed his mother's cell phone from her back pocket and dialed 911 -- just as Krone had taught him to do since he was a small child.
At first, Tristan cried and struggled to explain to the dispatcher what happened. But soon he collected himself and even hushed his siblings in order to convey the pertinent information to the operator.
"Lightning came through the ceiling!" he told the dispatcher, the panic evident in his voice.
On the call, he explained that he was home with his four brothers and sister and that his mother was lying on the floor with her eyes closed.
"Mom's hurting real bad," he said. "She is still breathing."
Her children begged her not to die, and Krone reassured that them that she wouldn't.
Even as Tristan was trying to get help for his mother, the storm wouldn't let up and yet another lightning bolt entered the Krone house. This time it came from the hallway ceiling and it struck the computer.
A Little Hero
For a little more than 16 minutes, Tristan stayed on the phone with the 911 dispatcher. When authorities arrived, he showed them which numbers to call in his mother's phone.
Krone's husband is listed as "My Love" in her cell phone.
Krone, who told "GMA" that she was "extremely, extremely surprised" to hear how calm her son was on the phone, spent 26 hours in the emergency room and was hospitalized for three days. She was sweating profusely, having seizures and her central nervous system shut down.
Today, she still is prone to hot flashes and dizzy spells as the residual electricity makes its way outside her body. She told "GMA," her left side is still weaker than her right.
"I'm doing pretty good," she said. "I'm feeling a lot better than I did that day."
The city council has recognized Tristan for his actions, and he now has become a celebrity in his hometown. The young leader earned the key to the city.
Krone said she was not surprised by her oldest child's heroics. She said he's always helpful, which is how he earned the family nickname Papa Smurf.
She said Tristan is absolutely her hero.