No, he’s not Ben Franklin – nor is he Thor.
A UK man was taken to the emergency room last Monday after being struck by lightning while playing video games in his living room.
Aiden Rowan was “happily” playing video games on his PlayStation around 10:30 p.m. when he heard a loud cracking sound, followed by a “severe jolting sensation.”
“Well I’m not a fan of sympathy posts at all, I had to share this because it’s so crazy,” wrote gamer and cosplayer Rowan, 33, to his 13,900 Instagram followers. “[There was] a loud bang and… 5 hours in the hospital confirmed I HAD BEEN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING through the open window! No more playing cute cat games during a thunderstorm. I’m fine, just very sore, a hell of a headache and burn marks on my arm.”
Ironically, when he was hit, he was playing a game called Stray, in which you control a stray cat that got lost in a thunderstorm.
“It took me about a minute to come to my senses, I was very, very confused,” Rowan told Metro. “I went upstairs and asked my husband for a wet towel as I didn’t know what had happened but my arm was burning.”
Rowan’s shocked – no pun intended – husband Aaron immediately rushed him to the hospital.
“We got to the front desk and Aaron said something happened and it might have been lightning and everyone turned to look at me,” Rowan said. “I was taken to an exam room and they said it looks like it was struck by lightning. Nine doctors from different departments came to examine me and I was hooked up to a heart monitor and they did some blood tests.”
Rowan’s doctors believe the lightning ricocheted off the water and through the window because the ground was too hard due to the recent heatwave Britain has been experiencing.
“We just couldn’t really process it at the time,” Rowan said. After a few days it started affecting me mentally as I realized I could have died.”
However, he eventually managed to escape unharmed except for a few lacerations on his left arm and a small burn on his right hand.
However, Rowan’s friends managed to put a positive spin on the whole ordeal.
“My friends were very concerned, especially for the first few days, but once people realized I was fine, there were some jokes about Thor,” he joked. “That’s the last time I play a cute cat game during a thunderstorm, I think!”
People being struck by light might seem like an unusual accident — but lately it’s almost become a worrying trend. The deaths of three people were caught on camera during a deadly lightning strike near the White House in August. A fourth victim was knocked out but eventually survived, prompting quick-thinking Secret Service agents and their Dr. Martens boots for her survival.
According to the National Weather Service, about 25 million lightning strikes occur in the United States each year, killing an average of 47 people each year.
“Although most lightning strikes occur in the summer, people can be struck at any time of the year,” the NWS said.
Meanwhile, “Most lightning deaths occur at the beginning of an approaching storm, with a significant number of lightning deaths occurring after the storm has passed,” reported the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“If thunder is heard – then the storm is close enough for lightning to strike.”
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