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8-year-old lightning strike victim recovering in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A boy from the Wausau area who was hit by lightning is recovering in Madison.

8-year-old Blake Draeger was riding his mini-bike down a road in Marathon County last week when a lightning bolt struck him.

He suffered second degree burns on his head, back, arms and shoulders.

Blake's dad, Chris Draeger says he is making a speedy recovery at American Family Children's Hospital.

"I asked him if he was upset with his motorcycle, or you know, upset with the weather or anything like that, and he said he's ready to go, he's ready to get back out and start being a kid again," he tells 27 news.

Blake may leave the hospital as early as Friday.

The Draegers say they are grateful for the support they've received from people around the country.

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