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SC man recovering from fall off billboard, severe electrical shock

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Randall Thornburg with his wife and kids, recovering at home. (Feb. 4, 2014/FOX Carolina) Randall Thornburg with his wife and kids, recovering at home. (Feb. 4, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Cherokee County man is back home after nearly a month of treatment from a steep fall and electrical shock that left him with third-degree burns.

Randall Thornburg was injured in late December as he was working to remove an advertisement from a billboard along Interstate 85 near Gaffney.

He said he was using a rod to help remove the advertisement when it got a little too close to a line.

"I never saw the rod hit the line, and I can't tell you if the rod went out and dipped down or if the power arched up to the rod. I don't know," said Thornburg. "But I knew when it hit that rod, I knew exactly what was happening."

Thornburg said more than 7,200 volts went through his right arm and leg and out his back. The force was enough to knock him more than 30 feet to the ground.

Before getting home late last week, Thornburg was at the Augusta Burn Center receiving treatment. He currently has cloth covering his wounds on his hand and a skin graft on his leg.

Thornburg has had nine surgeries, with a 10th planned for Thursday. He's expected to recover, though not completely - he said he's not sure whether he'll regain feeling in his right hand again.

"God had to have his hand underneath me, to lower me to the ground and not get hurt more than I did," Thornburg said.

His wife said she does not know what she would do without him. And Thornburg said the accident was life-changing.

"It's definitely a life changing thing and I'm a lot more aware of my life, my wife and my kids and family all now," he said."

The Thornburgs said they are also thankful for all of the community support they've received.

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