A teenage soccer player in Atlanta, Georgia, surprised his family and doctors after he spoke fluent Spanish after a three-day coma.
Reuben Nsemoh suffered a concussion after being kicked in the head as he played his favorite sport. His mother said he went into shock and had to be airlifted to a hospital.
The sophomore spent three days in a coma only to wake up uttering sentences in Spanish despite previously only knowing just a few words.
Reuben blurted out ”tengo hambre” which means ”I am hungry” in English. His mother, Nsemoh, said she rushed for help because he never spoke the language before.
”I was very shocked. That’s something he’s never done before. When he got up and he started speaking Spanish, I was confused.”
”A nurse asked me what language does he speak. I said, ‘I speak English. He speaks English. We’re not Spanish-based people.”
The 16-year-old’s ability to speak English soon returned and he speaks both languages fluently although he says the Spanish has begun to fade.
Reuben said he knew a little Spanish prior to the incident because his brother spoke the language. He however, had not held a conversation in Spanish before his injury.
The Nsemoh family, originally from Nigeria, could easily attribute this rare occurrence to witchcraft but there is a scientific explanation.
According to CNN, the case was diagnosed as foreign accent syndrome. It is a very rare condition in which people speak with a different accent usually after a stroke or head trauma as is the case here.
Reuben’s doctors say brain scans suggest he will heal fully and can be able to go as far as playing the sport professionally.