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Man struck by lighting at BIR in August recovering at home

Lightning strike victim recovering at home

Jamie Harris, the 23-year-old Madelia man struck by lightning Aug. 15 at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), told the Star Tribune he couldn’t believe his own story when his parents told him what happened.

Harris was in a medically induced coma in a Minneapolis hospital for about a week following the thunderbolt. Harris doesn’t remember the lightning strike but has the burn holes in the T-shirt he was wearing to prove it. Drag racer John Force signed the T-shirt.

Harris was struck while riding an all-terrain vehicle across the campground at BIR. The Star Tribune reported a man in a camper heard a loud crack and saw Harris on the ground when he investigated the sound. The camper gave Harris CPR. The metro newspaper quoted Dr. Ryan Fey, Hennepin County Medical Center physician who treated Harris, who said it appeared Harris suffered a close-to-direct hit in the lightning strike.

A month after the strike, the Harris family told the Star Tribune, Harris was making marked progress in his recovery and was walking on his own although he still had pain and had to work to swallow food and water. He was back home in Madelia for his continued recovery.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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