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Man Struck by Lightning Six Times

A South Carolina man is recovering tonight after being struck by lightning.

Strangely enough, this isn't his first lightning strike, but his sixth!

Dressed in a gown, Melvin Roberts takes his first few steps inside Oconee memorial hospital since his fateful encounter with mother nature.

"My feet are burning, I slightly got a headache."

Not bad-- for a man who was struck by lightning just two days prior.

"It was pretty sunny and nice, but there were black clouds in the background."

Roberts' wife, Martha, says Monday afternoon-- she ran to the store.
Roberts stayed home.

"That blang radio started going off, something about a storm coming up."
Roberts says he went outside to cover his lawn mower.

"That's the last thing I remember. I woke up here."
dazed and confused, Roberts called his wife.

"And he says you're not going to believe this, but I think I was struck by lightning again, and I said, you think? and I said, I'll be right home and he says, no no, I'm fine."

She raced him to the emergency room...ironically a familiar stop for Roberts.

"This isn't the first time you've been hit by lightning."

"No, she says this is my sixth."

"Why do you keep getting hit by lightning?"

"Lucky. I don't have no idea, Hon."

The first time caused nerve damage to his left leg and he spent more than a year in a wheelchair.


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