Day drove himself to the doctor, who immediately sent him to a local hospital. He was later transferred to the University of Alabama's Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit in Birmingham, where he is still undergoing treatment. Day has second- and third-degree burns to his neck, chest, and hand. He has torn tissue in his left shoulder from the electricity leaving his body, he said.
While UAB said they couldn't release the details of Day's injuries, they confirmed that he has a follow-up appointment on Tuesday.
Dr. Benjamin Fail, who saw Day, told WAAY-TV that 100 volts of electricity can kill a person. He estimated that Day had been struck by about 110 volts. "He is lucky to be alive," Fail said.
Apple declined to comment on the story, but on their website, they said it "recommends using only accessories that Apple has certified."
Day said he never thought twice about purchasing a cheap extension cord from his local dollar store, since so many people use them to charge iPads, Kindles, and other devices while they read in bed, but the American Burn Association said extension cords cause about 4,700 residential fires each year, killing about 50 people and injuring 280 others annually.
While his experience is rare, there have been multiple reports of burns and shocks from cell phones. Last year, a teenage girl suffered second-degree burns from her LG phone.