Electrocuted ‘human fireball’ dying for two minutes urges kids to stay away from crime

Scaffolder Darren Harris suffered horrific life-changing injuries while attempting to steal scrap metal and now wants to turn his harrowing experience into something positive

Scaffolder Darren Harris has warned youngsters about the pitfalls of crime
Scaffolder Darren Harris has warned youngsters about the pitfalls of crime

A scaffolder left disfigured after being turned into a ‘human fireball’ while trying to steal scrap metal has urged youngsters to avoid a life of crime.

Darren Harris, 29, from Manchester, was severely electrocuted in November 2020 and was “dead for about two minutes” after being hit by an 11,000 volt shock while attempting to move scrap from an abandoned steelworks in Wolverhampton collect.

He came upon an electrical panel and power lines, and, assuming they were off since the building was about to be demolished, he placed his hand on a live copper rod and was instantly flung across the room by the voltage.

He lay unconscious for a few minutes before regaining consciousness and managed to stop a randomly passing ambulance.

“My whole body was on fire and my face was hanging down like a flap and my windpipe was exposed,” revealed Darren.

Darren underwent months of painful surgery but will now be permanently disfigured


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Darren as he looked before the horrific accident that turned him into a ‘human fireball’


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After spending 27 days in a coma, he survived third-degree burns on 47% of his body, exposing the bone in both arms, while he no longer had a nose or ears, and he also lost mobility in both hands. But 18 months later, after undergoing numerous surgeries, doctors have dubbed him a “medical miracle”.

He’s struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts, but Darren is determined to turn his horrific experience into something positive and wants to send a message to young people by telling them that no matter how bleak life may be, crime doesn’t pay.

“I just want to tell people never to consider it,” the scaffolder, who admitted to breaking the law at times when he was young, told Sky.

“I want to be a little bit of an inspiration … to others out there who are going through a crisis.”

He left his criminal activities behind when he got a real job, but the Covid-19 pandemic made him revert to his old ways.

“I didn’t get any help with a bursary for a self-employment or a holiday,” he said, “so throughout the lockdown I’ve basically just had finance problems and everything has been shot.

Darren suffered third degree burns on 47% of his body


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“I was desperate for cash and had no choice but to go back to this type of ‘work’ to deliver what was on the table – and unfortunately I passed a very poor judgement.

“I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy – I went through the worst pain of my entire life, I can’t even describe it, and was left in a terrible state.

“Now I want to tell my story and inspire people and show them that they can get through the hardest thing in life and still come out the other side.”

He has started a GoFundMe to pay for a groundbreaking surgery to 3D print a live reconstruction of his ears using his stem cell.

“I’ve been given a second chance at life and I’m grateful to be here,” he added, while also mentioning that he believes he is the first person in the country to take part in clinical trials called BTM (biodegradable temporising matrix). Has. – a synthetic device to facilitate wound healing.

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