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Coma patient wakes up speaking French

December 23, 2014 | Comment icon 14 comments



The hairdresser awoke from a coma speaking fluent French. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Andrew Mason
A car accident also left barber Rory Curtis believing that he was Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey.
The 25-year-old suffered horrific injuries when his car collided with a lorry in torrential rain and it took firefighters 40 minutes to cut him free. He was rushed to hospital and fell in to a coma in which he remained for six days while doctors battled to save his life.

When he eventually came round however he astonished everyone by suddenly speaking in fluent French despite having never studied the language since leaving school.

"It's quite bizarre to say the least," he said. "I didn't even do French at GCSE so haven't studied it since Year 9 - then all of a sudden I'm fluent in it. I can't explain how it happened."
"I wasn't really that good at it at school, so I don't how my brain has managed to do what it has."

Perhaps even stranger still however was the fact that, upon awaking from the coma, Curtis had also somehow developed the belief that he was actually actor Matthew McConaughey.

"When I went to the toilet I went to look in the mirror and I was shocked because I didn't look like him, I didn't know what I was looking at," he said. "I was convinced I was him."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (14)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Il y a des cas très bizzare de Xénoglossie qui devraient attiré d'avantage l'attention des chercheurs. You were recently involved in a massive car crash... fess-up, we don't judge.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Cruel_Cahal 8 years ago
Of all the people in the world, he chose to believe he was Matthew McConaughey.... I like Matthew, but he is kind of "out there", I mean he really is a weirdo. I just don't know. Any of you guys ever see "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" from 1994? McConaughey played the patriarch of the new family that replaced the Sawyers. Well, maybe I guess you'd say he was more of the "alpha male" of the family. Anyway, he did a great job playing a wacked out psycho, but it was still the worst TCM film ever made. It was even more odd to see Renee Zellweger playing opposite him as the prim... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by qxcontinuum 8 years ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_accent_syndrome
Comment icon #8 Posted by The Silver Thong 8 years ago
Think speaking french is weird look at this. http://www.break.com...naughey-2799838 edit: sorry same story lol
Comment icon #9 Posted by Use your brain 8 years ago
Of all the people in the world, he chose to believe he was Matthew McConaughey.... I like Matthew, but he is kind of "out there", I mean he really is a weirdo. I just don't know. Any of you guys ever see "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" from 1994? McConaughey played the patriarch of the new family that replaced the Sawyers. Well, maybe I guess you'd say he was more of the "alpha male" of the family. Anyway, he did a great job playing a wacked out psycho, but it was still the worst TCM film ever made. It was even more odd to see Renee Zellweger playing opposite him as the prim... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Calibeliever 8 years ago
Interesting. In my dreams sometimes I can speak fluent spanish even though when I'm awake I can barely form sentences and have a very limited vocabulary. In Southern California I was exposed to spanish quite a bit, but I never learned to converse in it with more than crudely formed phrases. I've often wondered how cool it would be to wake up from a dream and be able to do what I was doing just a few seconds before without effort.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Rolci 8 years ago
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Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
I wonder if I can learn, say, quantum physics, through this head-banging moment. Kinda brings new meaning to "knock some sense into you"
Comment icon #13 Posted by libstaK 8 years ago
I wonder if I can learn, say, quantum physics, through this head-banging moment. Kinda brings new meaning to "knock some sense into you" There really needs to be some serious scientific study on which parts of the head need to be banged to get these kind of results, if I knew I would be banging heads around me all day.
Comment icon #14 Posted by acute 8 years ago
I'd be ok with speaking french, but i would draw the line at BEING french.


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