Lightning strike gives student new outlook on life
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A college student who was struck by lightning last spring has gone back to the University of Dayton. He is bringing a new view on life.
 
Sean Ferguson is 23-years-old. He is from Pittsburgh. He spent months in rehab healing from his broken bones and burns. He expects to graduate from the Ohio college in December.
 
He was walking home in Dayton in April. That was when he was struck by lightning. Several passers-by rushed to help him. One gave him CPR.
 
Ferguson calls that man his "guardian angel."
 
"He learned CPR just two days beforehand at the only airport in the country that has a CPR kiosk," Ferguson told WKEF-TV. "It is safe to say he is the reason I am here."
 
Ferguson had a broken jaw and burns to more than 35 percent of his body. That is what the university said. A GoFundMe account was created. It was to help with Ferguson's medical bills. He has gotten more than $17,000.
 
He said he still gets the feeling of pins and needles from his knees to his toes. He had to go through physical therapy to relearn how to walk.
 
Twenty-two lightning-related deaths have been reported this year. That is compared with 26-reported last year.  And 23 were reported in 2013. Those numbers are according to the National Weather Service.
 
Ohio ranked fourth highest in the nation. They had 146 lightning-related deaths reported from 1959 to 2013. That is according to a report. It was made available through the weather service.
 
Ferguson told the Dayton Daily News that he has a new view on life. He said he plans to start jogging and running. His hope is to get back to playing sports.  And he wants to do other outdoor activities.
 
"I am just realizing how fragile life can be. And that it can be taken at any given moment," he said. "I do not take anything for granted now."
 
He said he plans to meet the man who gave him CPR soon.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/junior/lightning-strike-gives-student-new-outlook-life/

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Why did Sean suffer burns?
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COMMENTS (27)
  • vens-eri
    9/09/2015 - 06:07 a.m.

    I do not believe my eyes when i read about this ,he is really lucky person . He was struck by lightning .Most of the part of his bodies were burned .He felt something in his kneels therefore he could not wall very well. Most of the people fed up with their weak points as Farguson feel ,because of he can not do what he wants at the moment so he disappointed himself ,and lose confident as situation but one days he can over the bad situation.

  • lynn-eri
    9/15/2015 - 05:40 a.m.

    Critical thinking : Why did Sean suffer burns?

    Sean Ferguson was struck by lightning while he was walking home. Being struck by lightning is usually fatal. However he survived but he broke his jaw and suffered burns. I think it is because the electric power of lightning is very much higher than the amount the body can withstand and this produces so much heat that burns the skin. That is why he suffered burns. If he had not given a CPR, he would have died and thanks to this accident, he now has a new point of view on life and is going to enjoy his life as much as possible.

  • steven-eri
    9/17/2015 - 06:07 a.m.

    Steven Thet
    17,9,2015
    First of all,Lightning last spring has gone back to the University of Dayton.Sean Ferguson is 23-years-old. He is from Pittsburgh.He expects to graduate from the Ohio college in December.hat was when he was struck by lightning. Several passers-by rushed to help him.Secondly,Ferguson had a broken jaw and burns to more than 35 percent of his body. That is what the university said. A GoFundMe account was created.He has gotten more than $17,000.Twenty-two lightning-related deaths have been reported this year. That is compared with 26-reported last year. Those numbers are according to the National Weather Service. And 23 were reported in 2013.In conclusion, It is a very interesting article. It's good that Sean found a new way of view to his life. I think he finally understand how one life is important. He seem to try to have a better life.Thank goodness that he is not paralyzed and in a wheelchair.

  • jasonk-ver
    9/28/2015 - 02:55 p.m.

    What are the chances of getting struck by lightning? I have seen lightning strike right by me but I have never in a million years think that I would get struck.

  • aj1-bla
    10/07/2015 - 02:15 p.m.

    That's crazy how that guy survived!

  • aj1-bla
    10/07/2015 - 02:18 p.m.

    He is so lucky that he survived.

  • millykad-wes
    11/04/2015 - 12:33 p.m.

    Sean suffered burns because he had burns on more than 35 percent of his body.

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