No, he’s not Ben Franklin — nor is he Thor.
A UK man was rushed to the emergency room last Monday after he was struck by lightning while playing video games in his living room.
Aiden Rowan was “happily playing” video games on his PlayStation around 10:30 p.m. when he heard a loud crack followed by a “heavy jolting sensation.”
“So, I am absolutely not one for sympathy posts, I had to share this because of how insane it is,” gamer and cosplayer Rowan, 33, wrote to his 13,900 on Instagram followers. “[There was] a loud bang and … 5 hours at the hospital confirmed that I was STRUCK BY LIGHTNING through the open window! Never going to play cute cat games during a thunderstorm again. I’m fine, just very sore, hell of a headache and burn stripes down my arm.”
Ironically, when he was struck, he was playing a game called “Stray” where you control a stray cat who is lost — in a thunderstorm.
“It took about a minute to come back to my senses, I felt very, very confused,” Rowan told Metro. “I went upstairs and asked my husband for a wet towel as I didn’t know what had happened but my arm was burning.”
Rowan’s shocked — no pun intended — husband Aaron immediately raced him to the hospital.
“We got to the reception and Aaron said something had happened and it may have been a lightning strike and everyone turned to look at me,” Rowan said. “I was rushed through to an assessment room and they said it does look like it was a lightning strike. Nine doctors from different departments came to look at me and I was put on a heart monitor and had some blood tests.”
Rowan’s doctors believe that the lightning bounced off the water and through the window due to the ground being too hard from the heatwave the UK has been experiencing recently.
“We just couldn’t really process it at the time,” Rowan said. After a few days it started to mentally affect me, realizing that I could have died.”
However, he eventually managed to remain unscathed save for a few cuts on his left arm and a small burn on his right hand.
Rowan’s friends, however, have managed to find a positive spin to the whole ordeal.
“My friends were very concerned, especially in the first few days, but once people realized I was OK there have been quite a few jokes about Thor,” he joked. “That’s the last time I play a cute cat game during a thunderstorm, I think!”
People being struck by lighting might seem like a freak accident — but it’s almost become a disturbing trend of late. Three people’s deaths were caught on camera during a fatal lightning strike near the White House in August. A fourth victim was struck down but eventually lived, crediting quick-thinking Secret Service agents and her Dr. Martens boots for her survival.
Lighting strikes some 25 million times a year in the US, according to the National Weather Service, and kills an average of 47 people annually.
“Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year,” according to the NWS.
Meanwhile, “most lightning casualties occur at the beginning of an approaching storm, a significant number of lightning deaths occur after the thunderstorm has passed,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.
“If thunder is heard — then the storm is close enough for a lightning strike.”