Wis. boy adjusts quickly after lightning strike

By: AP
By: AP
An 8-year-old central Wisconsin boy who survived a lightning strike to the head last month is adjusting well to life back home now that he

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WESTON, Wis. (AP) -- An 8-year-old central Wisconsin boy who survived a lightning strike to the head last month is adjusting well to life back home now that he's out of the hospital.

Blake Draeger doesn't harbor fear of lightning and he even enjoyed a recent fireworks show.

Doctors tell the family Blake isn't expected to suffer any permanent damage. But they're keeping tabs on his burns, lingering high blood pressure and unusual kidney activity.

Blake says the best part about coming home was the houseful of cheering family, friends and neighbors. He says his family was all there for him.

His father, Chris Draeger, says the family is grateful at his son's quick progress. He says in nine days Blake went from having a breathing tube to jumping on a trampoline.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An 8-year-old boy who was hit by lightning last week in central Wisconsin is now out of the hospital.

Blake Draeger of Weston had been riding his dirt bike in the Town of Rib Falls on June 26 when he was struck. The lightning ruptured his eardrums and scratched the lenses of his eyeballs. He had second-degree burns over more than a quarter of his body.

A WKOW-TV report says he was released from the University of Wisconsin Hospital early Thursday morning.

His father, Chris Draeger says the medical team doesn't think Blake will have any permanent damage to his eyes and ears.

The boy's nickname is "Tuffy." His grandfather's wife, Jenifer Wilhelm, says the name accurately describes how Blake has dealt with the situation.
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WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- An 8-year-old boy who was struck by lightning in central Wisconsin could soon be released from the hospital.

Blake Draeger is recovering at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

He was struck June 26 as he rode his dirt bike in a field in the Town of Rib Falls. The lightning ruptured his eardrums, scratched the lenses of his eyeballs and left more than a quarter of his body covered with second-degree burns.

The boy's father, Chris Draeger, says the medical team doesn't predict any permanent damage to Blake's ears or eyes.

Daily Herald Media reports the boy could be released from the hospital as early as Thursday.


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