Lightning hit a guy in the United Kingdom as he was sitting in his living room playing video games on Monday, sending him to the hospital.
While Aidan Rowan was playing on his PlayStation, he suddenly heard a loud snap, and then he felt a heavy sensation throughout his body. He said:
“I was on the sofa playing a game where you play as a stray cat and it was thundering outside. There was a very loud crack of thunder and I sort of felt a very heavy sensation all over and then a searing heat in my right arm where there are now burns.“
“It took about a minute to come back to my senses, I felt very, very confused. I went upstairs and asked my husband for a wet towel as I didn’t know what had happened but my arm was burning.“
“He asked what that smell was and it was me burning. He then called his parents to take me to the hospital. He said he could see my arm blistering as he watched.“
“We got to the reception and Aaron said something had happened and it may have been a lightning strike and everyone turned to look at me.“
“I was rushed through to an assessment room and they said it does look like it was a lightning strike. Nine doctors from different departments came to look at me and I was put on a heart monitor and had some blood tests.“
At first my heart rate was erratic but when I was level for about four hours I could go home.“
Aiden was fortunate enough to walk away from the accident with nothing more than a few scars on his left arm and a burn in the form of a starburst on his right hand, but he acknowledges that things easily might have been far worse.
After the hot heat had rendered the earth firm, forcing rainfall to settle on top of it, he stated that the physicians thought the lightning ‘bounced off the water and through the window.’
“We just couldn’t really process it at the time. After a few days it started to mentally affect me, realising that I could have died. My friends were very concerned, especially in the first few days, but once people realised I was okay there have been quite a few jokes about Thor.“
“That’s the last time I play a cute cat game during a thunderstorm I think!”
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