Teen Soccer Star Wakes up Fluent in Spanish
What would you do if you woke up speaking a new language completely fluently? That is what happened to teen soccer star Reuben Nsemoh. He suffered a concussion after a kick to the head during a soccer match and ended up in a coma for three days.
When he woke up, Reuben could only speak Spanish! He said that his English was poor and if he tried to speak it, it gave him a seizure. Reuben had known a little bit of Spanish before his head injury but when he woke up he was speaking it like a natural.
His family was shocked and confused at the sudden change in language, consulting with hospital doctors and neurologists to find out what happened. Reuben was finally diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome, which is a rare condition that causes patients to speak with a different accident after a head trauma of some kind. There have only been a few dozen cases in the whole world.
As time has worn on, Reuben’s English has returned and his Spanish has started to fade, though he currently can still speak both languages. His family is happy that he is awake and and able to recover from his injury. They have been overwhelmed by the medical bills associated with his treatment and have started a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his medical expenses.