CYBERSPACE, 2004 (D.O.T.) -- A teenager working on his computer was jolted by lightning that hit his family's home in Iowa. Mike Bergeron, 15, was in the basement of the home when lightning from an electrical storm struck the roof, traveled through the electrical lines of the house to the computer and shocked him!
Linda Bergeron said the impact of the jolt sent her son flying about 5 feet backward. His sister was heading downstairs at the time and heard him fall.
"He was unconscious when she found him," Linda explains.
When Mike's parents reached him, he had started to come to. “He was dazed and couldn't feel his arms or legs. It was very scary," says his mom.
A rescue crew transported Mike to the emergency room. His mom says he spent part of the night and morning in cardiac care. “The feeling in his legs and arms came back, and soon he was upgraded to good condition.
"I never would have expected something like this to happen," she adds. "It's a very weird thing."
According to the National Weather Service, lightning is one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena. In the United States an average 67 people are killed each year by lightning. In 2003, there were 44 deaths. That's more than the number of people killed annually by tornadoes or hurricanes.
Now home and doing well, the 15-year-old high school freshman considers himself lucky. However, Mike will have to take it easy for a little while, which means sitting out football camp for the time being, although he will still go and learn the plays until the doctors clear him.
But as the cliche goes, when you fall off a horse, you just have to get back into the saddle. And that's exactly what Mike is doing.
"He's back on the computer," says his mom, "so he seems to be OK. But the moment lightning strikes again, the computer will be shut off.”
And that’s good advice for all CyberSpacers!
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