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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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COMMENTS (20)
  • ethenl-wit-wit
    9/02/2015 - 10:05 a.m.

    This story is inspirational. It tells you about a young man who got struck by lighting and lived to tell the tale. Not only did he survive continued to live a normal life. It also talks about other people with reach out to you in your time of need. That is why the story is so amazing.

  • aliviab-ste
    9/02/2015 - 01:27 p.m.

    Many individuals who face a life altering tragedy will give up and stop trying to make the best out of their situation. However, Ferguson does the exact opposite. He has continued to work toward the best aspects of life. He knows that life goes on and there is plenty out there to enjoy in the future whether than the sadness and pain that exists in the past. His courage to go on and get his college degree and to get back to the way of life that he knew before is exactly what every person needs to aim for when they face their own tragedy or delay in life.

  • andrew-hab
    9/03/2015 - 11:02 a.m.

    I think that lightning is very deadly and I am very surprised that this kid did not die when he was struck. I think that he should wright an article about it and publish it.

  • laurenc-bag
    9/03/2015 - 07:04 p.m.

    Sean suffered burns to 35% of his body because he was struck by lighting on his way home from school.

  • sensale,emily-cas
    9/08/2015 - 03:35 p.m.

    Sean suffered burns due to him being struck by lightning that covered 35% of his body.

    This article should inspire all to realize that life is too short and people should enjoy it. Although unfortunate events occur, people should always have a positive outlook on life.

  • maraitim-cam
    9/08/2015 - 07:27 p.m.

    Because lightning burnt him

  • hyrumk-cam
    9/08/2015 - 07:35 p.m.

    Because he got struck by lightning and its very hot.

  • jessicat-1-cam
    9/08/2015 - 07:36 p.m.

    Because he was struck by lightning and lighting has one billion volts inside of it meaning it's extremely hot leaving multiple burns on his skin.

  • irizarry,cyanne-cas
    9/09/2015 - 05:40 p.m.

    Sean suffered burns because he was struck by lightning, lightning is like getting burned by fire or similar to it.

    For me I thought that this was an inspirational story because hes realizing how short life can be and to cherish every moment and appreciate life as much as you can because of how short it is, that's what this story made me think of.

  • ravend-bag
    9/27/2015 - 10:25 p.m.

    The lightnings heat burned him. Sort of like a fire but way more hotter. Because your skin cannot block that heat It burns the skin. Sometimes it can kill you if you burn near your head or organs, of the burn gets infected it might just kill you.

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