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Man feels better after lightning strike

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MADISON, Maine, Jul 22, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Although most people struck by lightning report a variety of long-term debilitating symptoms, a Madison, Maine, man struck by a bolt says he feels fine.

In fact, 56-year-old John Corson, who has a heart condition and has had three cardiac surgeries, said he feels "lighter and 100 years younger."

The Waterville (Maine) Morning Sentinel reported Thursday that Corson had gone inside th house when a thunder storm occurred. However, he thought the storm was over Wednesday and went outside to measure wood for a renovation project.

"I saw the lightning," Corson said. "It was like a whitish-blue, but it was so bright. I actually heard the snap, but I was paralyzed. It was like my whole body was just vibrating. It was like, a hell of a sensation. It was like chest pain, with someone's hand on my chest."

After an eight-hour examination at the hospital Corson said he felt fine.

"I'm feeling like my body is light," he said. "It's the best I've probably felt as far as energy in 10 years."

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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