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Family, friends give Blake Draeger July 4th "welcome home"

EDGAR, WI (WTAQ) - Friends and relatives of Blake Draeger gave him a nice “welcome home” on the 4th of July.

Blake is the 8-year-old central Wisconsin boy who was struck by lightning on June 26th, while riding his mini-bike at his great uncle’s farm near Edgar.

He was released Thursday morning from UW Hospital in Madison.

Blake told reporters he couldn’t remember what it was like being struck. He said he couldn’t wait to get home to his kittens, garden, and chickens.

Blake had burns over about a quarter of his body, along with ruptured eardrums and scratched eyeballs.

Blake's nickname is "Tuffy." A relative said it describes exactly how he's handling his recovery. His father says doctors expect no permanent damage to the boy's eyes and ears.