No, he’s not Ben Franklin — neither is he Thor.
A UK man was rushed to the emergency room final Monday after he was struck by lightning while playing video video games in his living room.
Aiden Rowan was “fortunately playing” video video games on his PlayStation round 10:30 p.m. when he heard a loud crack adopted by a “heavy jolting sensation.”
“So, I’m completely not one for sympathy posts, I needed to share this due to how insane it’s,” gamer and cosplayer Rowan, 33, wrote to his 13,900 on Instagram followers. “[There was] a loud bang and … 5 hours on the hospital confirmed that I used to be STRUCK BY LIGHTNING by way of the open window! Never going to play cute cat video games throughout a thunderstorm once more. I’m effective, simply very sore, hell of a headache and burn stripes down my arm.”
Ironically, when he was struck, he was playing a sport referred to as “Stray” the place you management a stray cat who’s misplaced — in a thunderstorm.
“It took a couple of minute to come back again to my senses, I felt very, very confused,” Rowan told Metro. “I went upstairs and requested my husband for a moist towel as I didn’t know what had occurred however my arm was burning.”
Rowan’s shocked — no pun supposed — husband Aaron instantly raced him to the hospital.
“We bought to the reception and Aaron stated one thing had occurred and it could have been a lightning strike and everybody turned to take a look at me,” Rowan stated. “I used to be rushed by way of to an evaluation room and so they stated it does appear like it was a lightning strike. Nine medical doctors from completely different departments got here to take a look at me and I used to be placed on a coronary heart monitor and had some blood assessments.”
Rowan’s medical doctors imagine that the lightning bounced off the water and thru the window because of the floor being too onerous from the heatwave the UK has been experiencing just lately.
“We simply couldn’t actually course of it on the time,” Rowan stated. After a couple of days it began to mentally have an effect on me, realizing that I might have died.”
However, he ultimately managed to stay unscathed save for a couple of cuts on his left arm and a small burn on his proper hand.
Rowan’s associates, nonetheless, have managed to discover a constructive spin to the entire ordeal.
“My associates had been very involved, particularly in the primary few days, however as soon as individuals realized I used to be OK there have been fairly a couple of jokes about Thor,” he joked. “That’s the final time I play a cute cat sport throughout a thunderstorm, I believe!”
People being struck by lighting may look like a freak accident — nevertheless it’s nearly turn into a disturbing development of late. Three individuals’s deaths had been caught on camera during a fatal lightning strike close to the White House in August. A fourth sufferer was struck down however ultimately lived, crediting quick-thinking Secret Service agents and her Dr. Martens boots for her survival.
Lighting strikes some 25 million occasions a 12 months in the US, based on the National Weather Service, and kills a mean of 47 individuals yearly.
“Although most lightning happens in the summer season, individuals might be struck at any time of 12 months,” based on the NWS.
Meanwhile, “most lightning casualties happen at the start of an approaching storm, a major variety of lightning deaths happen after the thunderstorm has handed,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.
“If thunder is heard — then the storm is shut sufficient for a lightning strike.”