8th Grader Invents Device To Help Friend Struck By Lightning

Jacob Smilg, an eighth grade student from Loveland, Ohio is working really busy these days. During the holiday season, Jacob has been working really hard to help Ethan Kadish, a friend who lost his voice after a terrible incident.

In 2013, Ethan was struck by a lightning and the accident almost took his life. Although he was saved by the doctors, he eventually ended up bound on the wheelchair. He could no longer walk on his own or even to do simple tasks such as to talk, eat, or go to the bathroom by himself. His parents were heartbroken.

Being his close friend, Jacob put his electronic knowledge to good use by inventing a video board that allows Ethan to say “yes” or “no” just by leaning his head.

Alexia Kadish, Ethan’s mom, is thrilled with this holiday gift. She said this is the most Ethan has communicated with them in a year and a half. In the past, the only way he could ‘talk’ with them was by blinking his eyes.

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Facts About Lightning Strikes

Contrary to popular belief, science tells us that lightning can actually strike the same place twice. Also, experts also confirm that is completely safe to touch a lightning victim with no worries about being electrocuted. That is despite the fact that a single lightning strike can contain about 100 million electrical volts.

When there’s a lightning storm, seeking shelter under a tree can actually be risky. If someone with you has been struck by lightning, quickly seek medical attention. Administer first aid depending on the person’s condition if he is burned or bleeding.

Short term effects of a lightning strike may include eyesight impairment, ringing ears, temporary loss of hearing, unconsciousness, internal and external burns, as well as seizures and paralysis.

On the other hand, long term effects may include memory dysfunction, muscle spasms, sleep disturbances, dry eyes, headaches, and joint stiffness, among others.