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Lightning strike gives student new outlook on life
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A college student who was struck by lightning last spring has returned to the University of Dayton with a new outlook on life.
 
Sean Ferguson, 23, of Pittsburgh, spent months in rehab healing from his broken bones and burns, and now, he expects to graduate from the Ohio college in December.
 
He was walking home in Dayton in April when he was struck by lightning. Several passers-by rushed to help him, and 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's safe to say he's the reason I'm here."
 
Ferguson suffered a broken jaw and burns to more than 35 percent of his body, the university said, and a GoFundMe account was created to help with Ferguson's medical bills. He has received more than $17,000.
 
He said he still feels the sensation of pins and needles from his knees to his toes and he had to go through physical therapy to relearn how to walk.
 
So far this year, 22 lightning-related deaths have been reported compared with 26-reported last year and 23 reported in 2013, according to the National Weather Service.
 
Ohio ranked fourth highest in the nation with 146 lightning-related deaths reported from 1959 to 2013, according to a report made available through the weather service.
 
Ferguson told the Dayton Daily News that he has a new perspective on life and plans to start jogging and running in hopes of getting back to playing sports and other outdoor activities.
 
"I'm just realizing how fragile life can be and that it can be taken at any given moment," he said, adding that he doesn't take anything for granted now.
 
He said soon, he plans to meet the man who gave him CPR.

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  • vial-hol
    8/28/2015 - 12:16 p.m.

    I think it hurts because it still has some of the burns that he had from the strike. I think his family should let the man that did CPR come and talk to him very soon. I know some of CPR but I think that people should start learning more because you never know what could happen. I should learn more about CPR because so many people have died from strokes and chocking and other stuff so I think we can safe a life. I want to learn more about this man and what he has learned from his experience.

  • amberc-1-sch
    8/28/2015 - 01:08 p.m.

    The lightning's heat burned him- it's similar to fire in a certain way (they're both classified as plasma, not a solid, liquid or a gas). The electric shock caused friction to occur which is heat, which will burn.

  • carlys-sch
    8/28/2015 - 01:11 p.m.

    Sean suffered burns on 35% of his body because he was struck by lightning.

  • devinm-1-sch
    8/28/2015 - 02:00 p.m.

    This was a very interesting, sad, and inspiring story!

  • sjorse-cam
    8/31/2015 - 07:27 p.m.

    Because the lightning has lots of electricity and it is very hot so he got burned were the lightning struck him.

  • jakeg-cam
    8/31/2015 - 07:31 p.m.

    Because he got struck by lightning and got electrocuted.

  • matthews-1-cam
    8/31/2015 - 07:38 p.m.

    He got struck by lightning

  • TehyaWhite-Ste
    9/01/2015 - 01:08 p.m.

    I am pretty sure that anybody that has experienced a near death situation will find a new appreciation for life. People who get second chances are almost always grateful to be alive and have such higher goals and expectations for themselves.

  • madaleinem-cam
    9/01/2015 - 07:37 p.m.

    Because he was struck by lightning. Lightning is 5 times hotter than the sun. Therefore, he would've been burnt

  • sierrab-ste
    9/02/2015 - 08:55 a.m.

    He is very lucky to still be alive, and be in a place where multiple people were. If he would have been somewhere alone I doubt he would have survived. It's also crazy that the guy who just learned CPR is one of the main reasons Sean Ferguson is still alive.

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