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UPDATE: Young boy struck by lightning recovering in Madison


UPDATE 6/27/13: Officials say 8-year-old Blake Draeger is recovering from second degree burns at U.W. Hospital in Madison after he was struck by lightning Wednesday.

There are holes in the ground where the 8-year-old boy was struck.

"It was a very loud bang," said Jim Draeger, Blake's Great Uncle.

Blake's Great Uncle, Jim Draeger, said it happened Wednesday evening at his farm in the Town of Rib Falls.

"My nephew's son was out riding his mini-bike out on this farm here, while his father was working in the backhoe and the storm came up, it was not even raining yet, and a sudden bolt of lightning struck," said Draeger.

His family said the strike threw Blake off his mini-bike, knocking him unconscious, even though the boy was wearing a helmet.

His father ran to help.

"He seen his son was actually laying under the mini bike and he was non-responsive, no pulse, not breathing," said Draeger.

Draegar said Blake's father used C.P.R. to revive his son.

Family members called 911 and rushed for help in disbelief.

"You would think lightning would strike a silo, or a tree, or even a cow, but why did it hit him," said Draeger.

Blake's burns were severe.

"They took his helmet off here at the scene and they could tell that, my nephew told me that when he got on the scene, he said it smells like burnt hair," said Draeger.

Family members said he had burns on his head, shoulders, and feet.

Officials said he was taken to U.W. Hospital in Madison to recover and family members said the outlook seems to be good.

"Blood work is coming back ok, sounds like he's breathing on his own, they're taking the breathing tube out, his heart is doing great, so they've got high hopes," said Draeger.

But they said this strike hit too close to home.

"It was a sleepless night, I have children and it's hard not to get emotional because, you know, it's your livelihood and obviously we're all praying that it comes out for the best," said Draeger.

As the 8-year-old boy recovers in Madison.

Family members said Blake is semi-conscious in critical condition, but stable.



MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- Marathon County investigators have confirmed an 8-year-old boy was struck by lightning Wednesday night.

There's no word on his condition.

According to the sheriff's department it happened north of Edgar.  Officials say the boy was originally taken to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau for treatment.  He's since been transferred to a hospital in Madison.

Stay with Newsline 9 and WAOW.com for the latest updates.


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