13 Year Old Boy Builds Device To Help Mate, Struck By Lightning, Speak Again

Ohio eighth-grader Jacob Smilg has a real passion for electronics and is now putting this to good use to help his friend Ethan Kadish communicate again.

Ethan Kadish, 15, was struck by lightning in 2013 during an ultimate frisbee game along with two other campers at the Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana.

The injury nearly killed Ethan, but the he is now slowly recovering, though he can’t walk, talk, eat or go to the bathroom independently.

Sycamore Junior High Schooler Jacob, 13, now wants to add to the progress Ethan has made along that road to recovery by programming a video board to help him communicate.

Jacob now hopes to advance his programming and make a simplified keyboard where it would have a lot less buttons but still be able to function.