Jahden Nelson is a father of three young children and was working to dismantle scaffolding last Tuesday when the steel pole he was holding came in contact with a low-hanging powerline in Auckland, New Zealand.
After receiving a severe electric shock, a father lost both arms while on a construction site.
Jahden Nelson is a father to three young children. He was dismantling scaffolding last Tuesday when the steel pole he was holding came in contact with a low-hanging powerline in Auckland, New Zealand.
A high voltage current caused a fireball to pass through the scaffolding, into the body of the 28-year old. He was left in intensive care with severe burns to his arms and internal injuries.
Toni Paikea claimed that a witness reported hearing a loud explosion.
Toni said: “The pole touched the power line and she heard a big bang and saw a big fire ball go through under the scaffolding.
“Next [Jahden] collapsed. I don’t know how many Volts pass through these lines.
“It was like an atomic bomb going off in his body. It went from one arm, through the other arm and straight down through his leg and thigh.”
Jahden was held in the arms of his cousin by whom an ambulance was dispatched.
Now, questions remain as to why tradesmen were operating under live wires and if proper safety procedures were followed.
Jahden was an experienced scaffolder who started at 16 and suffered a heart attack. He also sustained burns to between 25-35 percent of his body. New Zealand Herald.
He was immediately rushed to Auckland City Hospital, where he was transferred to intensive care.
His mum made the difficult decision to amputate her son’s right arm days later. Then, doctors proceeded to amputate his left arm to avoid a potentially fatal infection.
Doctors say that Jahden’s survival is in doubt. They also warn of the possibility of years of rehabilitation.
Since the accident, his mum and sister have been watching over him at the hospital.
Because of the possibility of infection, one person is allowed in Jahden’s room at a given time. Toni, Jahden’s ex-partner and mother of his children, is alternately at her son’s bedside.
Toni reported that Toni’s family received a flood of messages of support. Some of these messages included food, and some were even sleeping in cars at hospital. “to show their love and gratitude for my son”.