You would think when you get hit by lightning, a discharge of enormous electricity, one would just keel over and go into cardiac arrest. And you would not be wrong. In most cases the human body cannot withstand the consequences of being struck by lightning: it can, after all, cause a coma or make your brain explode! Yet there are some documented cases of the brain damage causing victims to suddenly develop new skills, superpowers if you will.
Tony Cicoria was hit by lightning in 1994 at the age of 42, his heart stopped and he became unconscious. Miraculously though luck was on his side, a nurse was walking by at the time and was able to resurrect him. He suffered severe burns and initially had many memory problems. After some time though, the memory problems went away and he found himself with an immense urge to play the piano. Tony had never been interested in music prior to this point in his life, he was hearing the melodies in his head so started to compose. Tony bought a piano and became an acclaimed classical musician!
And his first composition? Of course, it was called “The Lightning Sonata” Despite many MRIs and studies by neurologists. A medical explanation to explain what happened to Tony is not known.
One theory is that this is the result of the head injury suffered by the lightning strike, the trauma causes an immense amount of cells in the brain to die. When the neurons die they flood the brain with a large number of neurotransmitters(think of it as their last message), researchers believe that this is a sort of information overload problem. The sheer amount of messages that hit your brain cause a permanent change, rewiring neurons, opening up access to parts of your brain that before were not used.
Another phenomenon is the case of Edwin E. Robinson, who was blind and 62 years old when he was struck by lightning. Edwin was not born blind, this happened as a result of a car accident. After being struck by lightning he was able to see again! His sight returned and even more, he could hear perfectly again without the need for a hearing aid. It seems in this case maybe this flood of neurons into the brain allowed for an incredible mass healing or regeneration process.
Just do not get any ideas though! Lightning is extremely dangerous, way worse than dropping your hairdryer in the bathtub. The discharge and heat are so powerful it causes blood vessels to burst and that definitely is not a superpower.