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Boy hit by lightning talks about ordeal


An 8-year-old Weston boy struck by lightning is finally home in central Wisconsin.

Blake Draeger is already getting back to the things he loves most, especially his friends and family.

"I just wanted to check on my baby kittens, my garden, my chickens inside, guess I wanted to be home," said Blake Draeger.

But getting home wasn't easy. Last week, Blake was struck by lightning while riding his dirt bike. He was at his great uncle's farm in the Town of Rib Falls in Marathon County.

Blake was knocked unconscious.

"I drove up this little road, I came back, asked him one more thing, and then I drove 50 feet and I don't remember anything," said Blake.

"I knew I wasn't giving up on him and I knew I was going to do what it took to keep him around," said Chris Draeger, Blake's Father.

Blake's father revived his son using C.P.R.

Hours later, Blake was taken to U.W. Hospital in Madison.

"I was just miserable, kind of, the first few days," said Blake.

His family said he had second degree burns on 20% of his body.

"It was rough to see my whole reason for living, laying there," said Chris Draeger.

Blake and his father said the prayers and support helped keep the family strong.

"I got a lot of cards and yeah, cards, stuffed animals, and a lot of balloons," said Blake.

"You could make out 'dad' every once and a while, and you could make out 'mom' every once and a while, and that was a tremendous thing to hear because we realized that maybe he was going to be ok," said Chris Draeger.

Now, the 8-year-old boy--nicknamed "Tuffy"--can get back to his garden, chickens, and kittens, and everything else he loves at home.

"I just think it's really crazy that it happened," said Blake Draeger.

Blake's family said he still has many doctor's visits ahead, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

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