London, Jan 28 : A British man trounced death after surviving a billion-volt lightning strike on his head.
Darren Milne was hit by a 14,000mph bolt that tossed him to the ground, shredded his shirt and destroyed his trainers.
Darren's wife Vicky rushed to him, and feared that he was dead after seeing blood oozing from an open wound on his head.
But, as she embraced Darren, shouting his name repeatedly, he opened his eyes and cried: "I can hear you."
And the 41-year-old left doctors shocked after making a full recovery in just a week.
"He is very lucky - he could have been boiled alive," The Sun quoted a doctor, as saying.
The lightning struck Darren when he and Vicky were exploring the weird 100ft Hoodoo rock formations at Bryce Canyon, Utah.
"Suddenly a storm blew in and it started to hailstone so I made a snowball out of the stuff. Then I heard this loud crack. I woke up on the ground in a complete daze," he said.
Vicky added: "I thought Darren was dead. There was a smell of burnt flesh and all his hair was singed. When he said 'I can hear you', I cried with relief."