Lightning strike gives student new outlook on life
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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 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.
A GoFundMe account was created to help with Ferguson's medical bills and 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. There were 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. "I don't take anything for granted now."
He said soon, he plans to meet the man who gave him CPR.

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Why did Sean suffer burns?
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  • Steve0620-yyca
    8/31/2015 - 09:37 p.m.

    I think that the college student was very lucky. He could have died if it wasn't for the person who was passing by. Ferguson is the name of the college student. The man used CPR on Ferguson to help him gain consciousness. I can't believe that Ferguson was actually struck like lightning.

  • maxx-ver
    9/01/2015 - 08:37 p.m.

    Wow I didn't expect that I thought that he might of been paralzed.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    9/01/2015 - 09:50 p.m.

    I think Sean is very lucky because not many people survive after getting struck by lightning. It is very dangerous because it is very hot and it can shock you. 35% of Sean's body was covered in burns. It should hurt and I think it would take a long time to recover from. Sean is currently in rehab. The man who performed CPR on Sean must be proud because he only learned CPR only two days ago.
    Critical Thinking Question: Why did Sean suffer burns?
    Answer: Sean suffered burns because he was struck by a lightning bolt.

  • berettac-mil
    9/01/2015 - 10:24 p.m.

    Sean suffered burns because he was walking home one night. People passing by stopped to help him. One man saved his life by giving him CPR.

  • gavinb-1-mil
    9/02/2015 - 10:08 a.m.

    He was struck by lightening.

  • brendans-mil
    9/02/2015 - 10:08 a.m.

    Hey was trucked by lightning and suffered burn for 35% of his body

  • makaylar-moo
    9/02/2015 - 10:31 a.m.

    I can't imagine what Sean went through. The man who gave him CPR is a true hero.

  • kamyac-moo
    9/02/2015 - 10:35 a.m.

    That would be the worst day ever. Why does nature hate us? It's almost like the world wants payback for some reason.

  • morgand-moo
    9/02/2015 - 10:37 a.m.

    Sean seems very thankful. I don't think it was a coincidence that the man who did CPR was there at just the right time. This article is scary; tomorrow isn't a promise.

  • raigenb-moo
    9/02/2015 - 10:38 a.m.

    I believe that Sean was very lucky to live. The guy who gave him CPR is a very kind person and should be awarded for his actions.

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