Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story

Synopsis: Chef Eduardo Garcia went for a hike in the beautiful backcountry of Montana. Literally shocked when he touched a dead bear with his knife, he survived the 2400V jolt and walked out alive. Nearly two dozen surgeries take his left hand, four ribs, and significant muscle mass from his torso, legs, arms, and scalp. Despite all his loss, Eduardo says he would never go back. Charged tells Eduardo's journey from getting up off the forest floor to becoming the man he is today.
Director(s): Phillip Baribeau
Production: Gathr Films
  1 win.
86 min


(dramatic music)

[man] Filming?

[Jennifer] Mmhmm?

Good morning.

I don't know if I should

wave with my right hand

or try and wave

with this hand.

Kinda hurts.

So maybe I'll just

talk about today

and kind of today's


but I'll introduce myself

to my camera first.

Eduardo Garcia, hi.

Today I'm going

into an operation

where I've made a decision

to take off my own limb,

this big ole...

left arm of mine

I've had for 30 years.

And I don't know if it's

always done great things

but it's always done

great things by me.

(music playing)

When I grow up

I want to be a forester

Run through the moss

on high heels

That's what I'll do

Throwing out a boomerang

Waiting for it

to come back to me

That's what I'll have

Staring at a sea shell

Waiting for it

To catch me or hold

(dramatic music)

-(heavy breathing)

-(heart beating)


I remember coming to

and not being able

to move my body.

But I remember knowing

that I had to move my body.

From that point,

from waking up and rolling

over onto my hands and knees,

there's a gap.

(heavy breathing)

My next memory is the road.

I thought I was

totally in a dream,

somewhere in the mountains.

There's no way I could

be in this sensation

and not be in a dream state.

When I put it together

that I wasn't dreaming

was I could hear birds.

(imitating chirping)

I could hear my boots scuffing

and that was real,

that was then.

And then it clicked.

I was out hunting today.

I came across this metal barrel

that was in the earth.

I looked in it,

there's this decomposing

or decaying carcass.

I want to check it out,

I'm curious,

I take my knife out.

(dramatic music)


But it hits me like

I'm being electrocuted.

I need to get down,

I need to get to a house,

I need to ask

someone to call 911.

(dramatic music)

There was no warning,

it was just this dead

bear in a metal can.

How was I supposed to

know it was on live power?

The outdoors was my first love

and then cooking

was my second.

It came from

my environment.

It was a place of freedom.

Food became this language

that I could speak with anyone

from anywhere in the world.

A passion that was

defining who I was in life

and everything was

just coming together.

Something that you've

worked your whole life for

and having it yanked out

from underneath you.

I don't know how else

to describe that.

My phone just started to buzz.

I'm with your brother,

he's been hurt.

I spoke to the surgeon

and he said that I should

speak to Ed on the phone

because it might be the last

time that I speak to him.

I asked him, "Is he

alive, will he live?"

He said, "I've seen cases

"where people survive

something like this."

He said, "But he would have

some significant handicaps."

[Daphne] There is

a lot of maladies

that come out of

an electrocution

because we just don't

know how it affects

all the other

tissues in the body.

And he just wrote

something like "I love you

and I don't want

to lose my hand."

(rapid breathing)

When Ed first arrived here,

he had several life-

threatening injuries.

It was his hand

which is the entrance wound

and then it was the chest

wall area, his ribs.

He had two areas on his head

which were exit wounds.

He also had a blow out

on his left thigh.

I remember we landed

and the first thing I said

once I woke up

when we landed was,

"So what time are we

going home tonight?"

You know what I mean,

like I just had no

idea how big this was.

[Man] Yeah, the amount of

current that went through you

it's amazing that--

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