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Man Survives Lightning Strike That Hits Umbrella

Man Survives Lightning Strike That Hits Umbrella

Chinese man Wen Kao, 29, learned to his cost that it is not wise to carry an umbrella in a thunderstorm after his brolly was blasted into pieces and his clothes caught fire when he was struck by a massive bolt of lightning.

Wen had been walking home after work in the city of Suzhou in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province when the bolt of lightning struck, leaving him with burns although medics say he will amazingly live to tell the tale.

Eye witness Wen Wang, 43, who took snaps of the man and his burnt clothing lying on the street said that the lightning strike had happened in the middle of Typhoon Matmo, that saw storm force winds as well as thunder and lightning.

He said: "With the wind he had no chance of putting his umbrella up, but he was carrying it under his arm when it was struck leaving him severe burns on the abdomen. To be honest I'm amazed he was even alive."

After being taken to the Suzhou Municipal Hospital’s burn centre, the medic that treated him, Doctor Guo Yu-xi, said: "In my 32 years of practice, I’ve only seen about five or six lightning strike victims survive."

Guo added that the man will undergo surgery to repair damaged tissue once his condition is more stable and will remain under intensive care for up to 10 days to examine the extent of the damage caused to his internal organs.

He added: "All the indications are however that he will survive although the recuperation process is likely to be a painful one."

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