MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News) An eight-year-old boy is hospitalized in Madison with second-degree burns from being struck by lightning. Blake Draeger was struck Wednesday night while riding a mini-bike on his great-uncle’s farm near Edgar, west of Wausau. WAOW TV said holes were in the ground at the spot where the lightning hit.
The great-uncle, Jim Draeger, said the hit occurred before it started raining. The boy’s father was working on a back-hoe on the farm when he suddenly ran to help his son. The father used C-P-R to revive him. Relatives said young Blake was thrown off his mini-bike – and he was knocked unconscious even though he was wearing a helmet. The family said the prospects are good that Blake will recover. They said he was in critical but stable condition at last word at the U-W Burn Center in Madison. He has burns to about 15-percent of his body on his head, shoulders, and feet.