Humans have been the dominant species on this planet for thousands of years, and during that time, we’ve always had one primary goal and that is to survive. But sometimes, Mother Nature can be our own worst enemy. Now, they say that the odds of you getting hit by lightning are 1 in 3,000, and when faced with the harsh forces of nature, it’s difficult to survive because our bodies aren’t indestructible.
But don’t tell that to these people, who were unlucky enough to get struck by lightning, but miraculously survived their experience and went on with their lives, and in most cases, some of them developed new abilities.
In the same way that lightning branches out in the sky, a strike can leave you with a branched-out mark.
These tattoo-like scars are called Lichtenberg figures, and they often appear on the surface of insulating materials, but when someone gets struck by lightning, it leaves these strange patterns that look like electric discharges branching across your skin.
Meet Tony Cicoria, an orthopedic doctor who was in need of some serious medical attention himself.
One night, he was struck by lightning, but instead of crossing over to the other side, he acquired a new ability. Out of the blue, he had this urge to play the piano, which he never had before. Now he performs professionally in concerts across America and composes his own songs too.
Roy Sullivan is known as the Human Light Rod for a good reason–he’s been struck by lightning 7 times.
Talk about unlucky! Poor Sullivan was struck multiple times by lightning and yet he managed to survive every single time. This made him a bit of a legend because only one to one octillion people have a chance of being struck these many times. Sullivan even made it into The Guinness Book of World Records.
During a Colorado ultramarathon on July 11, 2014, Adam Campbell hit a snag while trying to win a race.
He was struck by lightning, which he claims felt like a gunshot went off close to his ear. For most people, this would have meant that it was game over, but somehow, the Canadian runner kept on running the Hardrock 100 trail race and finished in 3rd place 12 hours later.
When lightning strikes someone, it can lead to permanent damage or worse, but not in one man’s case.
Edwin E. Robinson, who was 62, had lost his sight after a serious car accident. But when he was struck by lightning, Robinson was able to see again. He claimed that his hearing had also been enhanced, much to his sorrow because he grumbled that now he had to hear his wife complaining.
Australian photographer Brian Skinner was taking a photo of a thunderstorm when he was struck.
He didn’t suffer any serious injuries, but his hand was black and he noticed his wedding ring was bent. He also claimed he had an out-of-body experience. Fortunately, it wasn’t a direct hit. But it left him with what he claims are heightened senses and physic abilities.
Lightning is unpredictable and deadly, which is why you don’t mess with it. Just ask Kendra Villanueva.
She was still pregnant with her daughter, Kimberly Gordon when she was struck by lightning during a rainstorm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was immediately taken to the hospital and was delivered using a C-section.
Kimberly Gordon became known as “Little Flash Gordon” to her parents because she survived the shocking ordeal.
Her mother, Kendra Villanueva, was stroke by lightning when her baby Kimberly Gordon was still in her womb. This caused her to be born 2 weeks earlier. Unfortunately, there were some side effects from the lightning strike. The girl’s hair continues to stand straight up all on its own a year after her mommy was struck. She also developed neurological problems and can’t sit up on her own, and she has a rough time digesting food.