When 81-year-old Alun Morgan suffered from a stroke he woke up to find that he could speak Welsh.
Now retired, Alun lives with his wife in Somerset and before the stroke only spoke English. His only exposure to the Welsh language was when he had been temporarily evacuated to Wales during World War II. At that time he had been surrounded by Welsh speakers but had never picked up the language himself. Nonetheless, upon awakening from his stroke Alun found that Welsh was the only language he was able to speak.
"I'd not lived in Wales since I was evacuated there during the war," he said. "Gradually the English words came back, but it wasn't easy." It is believed that during his time in Wales the language had subconsciously sunk in without him realizing it and that the brain damage he suffered as a result of the stroke had somehow awakened those memories within in.
"An Englishman who suffered a stroke has surprised doctors after he woke up speaking fluent Welsh."
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