Parkview high school student Reuben Nseh suffered his 3rd concussion after being kicked in the head during a soccer game. After being airlifted to the hospital where he spent 3 days in a coma he gave his parents the shock of their lives after waking up speaking fluent Spanish.
WSBTV reports that his English slowly returned days later and his Spanish began to fade away.
“My friends would always talk to me in Spanish and would teach me,” he said. “I wasn’t perfect, but my brother is a really fluent Spanish speaker. So he kind of inspired me with that too.”
Reuben Nseh suffered from a rare medical condition called, “Foreign Accent Syndrome“, in which patients develop speech patterns that are perceived as a foreign accent that is different from their native accent, without having acquired it in the perceived accent’s place of origin.
Foreign accent syndrome usually results from a stroke, but can also develop from head trauma, migraines or developmental problems. The condition was first reported in 1907, and between 1941 and 2009 there were sixty-two recorded cases Wikipedia states.
Other crazy cases like this have been recorded like this.
Reuben’s family has created a GoFundMe page to help out with his medical bills.