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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Nigerian Teen Wakes Up From Coma Speaking Spanish After A Head Injury

A Georgia teenager who suffered a life-threatening head injury last month while playing soccer awoke from a coma speaking fluent Spanish for the first time in his life.




Rueben Nsemoh, 16, shocked family members and doctors when he opened his eyes after a three-day coma and began uttering sentences in Spanish, despite having known only a few words before his accident.

“It started flowing out,” the teen told TIME on Monday. “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,” Rueben added. “It was not scary at all. I actually liked it a lot. It was really unique to me.”
Another teenager accidentally kicked Rueben on the right side of his head during a game on Sept. 24 after Rueben dove for a loose ball, he said.

Rueben, an aspiring professional soccer player, suffered a severe concussion, went into shock and had to be airlifted to a hospital, according to his mother, Dorah Nsemoh.

Days after being treated in the intensive care unit, Rueben finally started stirring again. He began moving his hand and gesturing for food. And then he blurted out: “Tengo hambre,” or “I am hungry” in Spanish.

“I was very shocked. That’s something he’s never done before. When he got up and he started speaking Spanish, I was confused,” said Nsemoh, a 54-year-old high school teacher who is from Nigeria.

Nsemoh then ran out of the room to find help and brought back a nurse. “A nurse asked me what language does he speak. I said, ‘I speak English. He speaks English. We’re not Spanish-based people,’” Nsemoh said.
Doctors have not told the family why Rueben woke up speaking perfect Spanish, although they have sought consultation with a neurologist.


It’s not unprecedented for patients to start speaking a different language or using different accents after a major trauma. In June, a Texas woman made headlines after she had surgery on her lower jaw and then suddenly started speaking with a British accent.
That case was diagnosed as foreign accent syndrome, a very rare condition in which people speak with a different accent, usually after head trauma or stroke, according to CNN. Severe cases of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and concussions can also cause changes in language function, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rueben says he could recite just a few phrases in Spanish before his accident. The only ways he had heard Spanish were from his brother, who had previously studied in Spain, and his Spanish-speaking teammates.

In the weeks after the accident, Rueben gradually recovered the ability to speak English, and now he speaks both languages fluently, although he says the Spanish has begun to fade.
Doctors say Rueben’s brain scans suggest he will fully heal, but the family has been overwhelmed by mounting medical bills in the $250,000 range, Nsemoh said. A GoFundMe page for Rueben has collected more than $11,000 to go toward the teen’s medical costs.
“Definitely, it’s a miracle,” Nsemoh said. “My son is awake, I don’t care what language he’s speaking. Whatever went on, he’s alive today and I believe 100 percent in recovery.”


Culled: Time.co

55 comments:

white Berry said...

That's really amazing

peace maker said...

Sign of end time

Bella D Chemist said...

Wow! Interesting. I have been learning Spanish for a very long time but laziness no gree me move to the next level.

Imelda D said...

That kind thing.
I love Spanish.. Frustrating to learn but enjoyable during communication.

Cocoz said...

lol the son is awake and thats all that really matters.

I think a part of his brain just got activated from the kick he suffered.
Afterall research has revealed that we only use 10% or 30% (not so sure) of our brain

Rocky said...

Wow... The beautiful thing is he can be whoever he wants to be

St.FranKooL.... said...

#Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer*

Victoria's Heart said...

God is great! Just added another language to his brain just like that? I'm happy he is alive

Victoria's Heart

African Barbie said...

Na wa.... I've heard about situations like this before, just can't remember what its called

Sonia Spence said...

Hmmmm. "wonderment"

This life is deep walahi.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm. It makes me wonder about reincarnation.

Miss Ferragamo said...

LMAO! see people having foreign accent syndrome when every time I hit my head the first thing that comes out of my mouth is "yeh! or oooh wetin be this na"...I want this foreign accent syndrome oh, how hard do I need to hit my head? lol.

Miz Cindy said...

Hehehe,interesting story, I think I'll hit my head, been trying to learn Yoruba but e no gree..



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Loveme Jeje said...

The bill self will make him to continue speaking spanish. hahaha. Thank God Nsemoh for coming back to your english speaking sense.

Priceless Jewel said...

May God grant him perfect recovery.

I managed a patient who was an uneducated farmer in the past with severe TBI. He regained consciousness and started speaking Queen's English with an accent.
This was really an experience for me.

Suoebi(Niger delta finest) said...

Lol jeez me I want the one wey go carry go Australia I no wan speak language carry me go the place

I'veBeenTouchedByAnAngelWithLove said...

Most people will comment saying "End time things". Please disapoint me ooooo.

La'creamie said...

OK seen!!! Me I want to be speaking in tongues

PURPLE said...

Wonders!

Anonymous said...

Guess wot I'm thinking ?.......I wanna av DAT kind of damage to my brain or jaw then wake up to speak my favourite languages..French n Spanish ...hahahahahaha. God helep mi

African Barbie said...

Lmao... Miss ferragamo, you are hilarious!

Justina Michael said...

Hmmm. Strange things happening. Thank God for his life.

Anonymous said...

Does it mean that a lot of Nigerians have had this head trauma cos many speak foreign accents even though they haven't crossed d border.or even after staying in a place for an insignificant amount of time.

Lepa shandy is back said...

You are crazy buhahahahah...
Maybe you should hit your head on a rock

Blossom said...

Amazing!

Full Gist said...

Abeg, i want to av a head injury to learn China.

code009 said...

Let me help you with a baseball bat

Becky Divine said...

I love Spanish

Kim Kardashian Aka portable queen of sdk blog said...

Amazing ke?
Good for him though

Anonymous said...

Maybe okada will knock Queen and bus on her way to Alaba market to take abacha for her DH and she will wake up speaking fluent yaraba. Kwakwakwakwa.

charitybino said...

I want to speak Spanish too and hausa and French self.

Rosalie said...

Tell one of your friends to wear a military boot and then kick you very hard on your head with it. Voila! 'Your Spanish speaking days as jus bin convirm' in Falz voice..

Weed Chic said...

Some1 please hit my head o😩😩😩. I want American accentπŸ˜™

Ehi Human hairs and handmade wigs London said...

😁😁😁😁 this comment is so funny.

reemah said...

Wow

crystal said...

He's alive that's what matters.

Chioma josephine said...

Wow ,another Salvador( second chance)

A GIRL HAS NO NAME said...

Wow wow

Mystique said...

Lol.
I remember when I woke up to find myself in the hospital, they said I'd been in a coma for 3 days and was just waking up. I was like really? And I don't see anyone? I was expecting maybe something like Jesus coming to hug me and me saying I don't want to go back and Him telling me it was not yet my time. (Hahahaha). And some people had the nerve to ask me, did I see anything when I was in the coma? But no, except for a temporary amnesia when I woke up, I was back to normal, Thank God.

In all, we bless God for the gift of life jare.

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Diamond Studded Chic said...

Yeah, it's possible. I had a patient like that too. He had motorbike accident and suffer Traumatic head injury, he was in coma for a few days only to wake up and start speaking fluent English. This is someone that has never spoken English in his entire life o. It was funny and his family members were very surprised.

Nmasinachi said...

Wow.

Anonymous said...

Tank God for his lyf

Anonymous said...

Tank God for his lyf

Iphie dearie said...

Wow... thank God for your life@ Mystique.
That was a near death experience.
We truly bless God for the gift of life.

Anonymous said...

@ la'creamie, dat is easies darlyn. They dont ve to hit your head. Just ask the Holy ghost to fill you truly. That what i did & it worked for me. I woke up at early hour, prayed to God that if truly Holy ghost is rΓ©al,i want his in filling. I busted in another tougue. Its bn sweet fellowship since then.

General Zod said...

The foreign accent part is so true. I have a friend who recovered from surgery and the British accent was out of this world. To say I was shocked is an understatement.

General Zod said...

The possibility of it...

General Zod said...

Seeing is believing

General Zod said...

Once you start recovering it completely disappears

General Zod said...

Hahahaha...leave Queen and Boss alone. Kwakwakwakwa

sisi eko said...

This is becoming rampant. Hmmmmm

sisi eko said...

You need the holy spirit for that dear. Holy Ghost fire will fall on you like the day of Pentecost..and voila. Lol

Anonymous said...

Hahaha. Most hilarious comment so far.

Anonymous said...

Portable bloody local fowl....what is not amazing? Do u even know what that word means? Lol

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