27/09/2012 10:34 BST

Schoolboy Joe Compton In 'Stable Condition' After Being Struck By Lightning In Wiltshire

The family of a boy struck by lightning whilst waiting for a lift home from school have thanked the people that came to his aid.

Joe Compton is in a stable condition in hospital after being hit as he stood in the car park of the Dorcan Academy in Swindon on Wednesday afternoon.

The 11-year-old's family said in a statement: "Joe is in a stable condition at Frenchay Hospital with his family by his side. We would like to thank everyone for their support.

"We would particularly like to express our gratitude to the PE staff and leisure centre staff who came to Joe's aid - we owe a huge amount of thanks to them.

"We would also like to ask media to be left alone at this time so that we can focus our energies on supporting Joe."

The Year 7 pupil was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon before being transferred to the specialist Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

When the accident happened shortly after 3pm, first aiders from the nearby Dorcan Recreation Centre rushed to treat Joe and were quickly joined by paramedics from the Great Western Ambulance Service. He had suffered a cardiac arrest, electrical shock and severe burns.

A statement posted on the school's Facebook page said: "Yesterday there was a very serious accident after school.

"A Year 7 student was struck by lightning in the school car park while waiting for a lift home. Leisure centre first aiders gave emergency first aid immediately before a paramedic car and ambulance arrived. The boy was taken to hospital in Swindon and later transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. Our thoughts at this time are with the boy and his family."

Joe's school friends took to social networking sites, including Facebook an Twitter, to post messages of support.