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August 13, 2017

What is it like to be struck by lightning?

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For an article that appeared in the July 13, 2017 Guardian, Charlotte Huff interviewed a number of survivors.

Their accounts are beyond harrowing.

From the story: "Of every 10 people hit by lightning, nine will survive to tell the tale. But they could suffer a variety of short- and long-term effects. The list is lengthy and daunting: cardiac arrest, confusion, seizures, dizziness, muscle aches, deafness, headaches, memory deficits, distractibility, personality changes, and chronic pain, among others."

Below, a shirt, boot, and hat worn by people struck by lightning (all survived).

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LS & ESSI (Lightning Strike & Electric Shock Survivors, International) is an organization whose members share one thing: they've all been struck by lighting.

The group began in the early 1990s with 13 survivors and now has nearly 2,000 members, in the U.S. and 13 other countries.

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Apply within.

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