Update: 6-year-old dies weeks after lightning strike killed dad

They were holding hands when lightning struck them... while 34-year-old Matthew Boggs died on the spot, 6-year-old Grayson Boggs held on. But this latest update is incredibly upsetting...


Matthew Boggs, 34, and his son, six-year-old Grayson, were walking hand in hand in their driveway in Valley Hills when suddenly a lighting strike hit both of them.

Matthew’s older son Elijah was with them while they walked from the bus stop to their home but Elijah separated from them shortly. He recalled the moment when he returned to his father and brother, but was unaware of what could have happened to them.

“I was really scared, I rolled Grayson over and he was kind of smiling a little bit,” 11-year-old Elijah said in an interview. “I thought they were just joking, but when I rolled my dad over the middle of his head was bleeding and his face was already purple.”

The entire incident was witnessed by the boy’s grandmother who rushed to help her son and grandson along with the neighbors.

Unfortunately, the father died on the spot while Grayson was rushed to Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center in Temple.

Once there, doctors didn’t give the family much hope, but they refused to give up and prayed for a miracle. Sadly, that miracle never came.

In order to provide the best fighting chance for sweet Grayson, the family stared a GoFundMe page. They hoped there will be some sort of improvement of his condition, but since that didn’t happen even weeks following the tragic incident which took place on May 15, doctors advised the family to remove life support on June 13.

On May 19, they made an update, “Grayson has sustained a major anoxic brain injury. The doctors said that Grayson may not walk, talk, eat, or possibly see again”. It continued, “What that means for the family, is that when Grayson gets to come home, he will be total care with frequent appointments and therapies.

“Today we had a care conference with Grayson’s healthcare team. The doctors told us, that the state Grayson is in, is how he will remain for the rest of his life,” the update read.

He did remain stable, but his condition didn’t improve. Three days after he was removed from life support, Grayson passed away.

The decision was made by his heartbroken mother Kayla who signed her son up to be an organ donor.

“Please just pray that we keep him comfortable at this time and pray for healing for the family. We may not know what God’s plan is, but we know he has his arms wrapped around Grayson at this time,” Stephanie Burris who launched the fundraising campaign and kept friends and family updated of Grayson’s condition wrote of the decision for him to be taken off life support.

Rest in peace, Matthew and Grayson.

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