Boy struck by lightning is out of hospital

Boy struck by lightning is out of hospital

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.