Teenager Wakes Up From A Coma Able To Speak Fluent Spanish
The point is that pre-coma, he definitely didn't speak Spanish.
If we said, 'whoah, this kid just woke up from a coma able to speak Spanish,' you might look at us, assume he is Spanish and think we've finally lost it.
WELL WE HAVEN'T and in a strange turn of events, a teenage boy from the USA has woken from a coma able to do just that, despite not being able to do so before the accident.
While this would clearly be a useful skill for anyone who dislikes revision yet has a Spanish GCSE around the corner, the downside is that the teen in question actually had a life-threatening injury, which is what put him in a coma in the first place.
Rueben Nsemoh, who is 16, was kicked in the head during a football game. But when he awoke from a coma three days later, he shocked family by apparently spouting fluent Spanish.
This was even more surprising bearing in mind he says he only knew a few words of the language before the accident.
“It started flowing out,” Reuben told TIME. “I felt like it was like second nature for me. I wasn’t speaking my English right, and every time I tried to speak it I would have a seizure.”
“It was weird. It was not scary at all. I actually liked it a lot. It was really unique to me.”
Reuben's mother Dorah explains that when Reuben regained consciousness, instead of speaking in English, he said: "Tengo hambre," or "I am hugry" in Spanish. He went on to speak even more Spanish.
“I was very shocked," she says. "That’s something he’s never done before. When he got up and he started speaking Spanish, I was confused."
It's actually not uncommon for patients who've suffered major trauma or had a stroke to start speaking in a foreign accent but actually speaking a whole new language is pretty unprecendented.
The family have started a GoFundMe to raise money for Reuben's ongoing medical care.