JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - With the recent death of a service member who was struck by lightning, and with severe weather currently expected to be in our area, watching out for lightning strikes is more important than ever.
"They gave me six months to live. That was in 1988. And I'm still here," said Steve Marshburn Sr., who was struck by lightning.
After 46 surgeries and multiple health issues, Marshburn still says he wouldn't change his life.
"I don't have any complaints, Merrilee. I just don't. I'm too happy," Marshburn said.
It would be understandable if he did after a lightning strike at a bank that would alter his life forever.
"I do know it was a Friday afternoon and it was the days before direct deposit. Everybody came to the bank," Marshburn said. "I opened up a window that everybody dreaded to open because the drive-through was directly behind you.
"And all of a sudden, a flash of lightning hit our drive-thru speaker. It didn't hit the window, it hit the speaker. And it came through the speaker and hit me in the spine and broke my back.
"I didn't know it but it had literally ruined my brain and my spine. My vital organs, they were damaged. My legs were damaged."
It took him 15 years to find a doctor who could start to understand what he was going through. Marshburn has since started a non-profit organization for lightning strike and electric shock survivors.
"We now have over eighteen hundred members and worldwide 501C3 nonprofit and have members all over the globe," Marshburn said. And talked 24 out of suicide so far so the first one was well worth my being struck."
Marshburn said he continues to face health issues and will have his 47th surgery in New Bern in August.
For more information on Marshburn and his non-profit organization, click here.