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The Unique Nature of Traumatic Brain Injuries.

November 16, 2016

Teenager Speaks Fluent Spanish After Awakening from a Coma, Surprising Himself and Others

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) can change a person in the blink of an eye. There are a variety of TBIs that range in severity from very minor to catastrophic. The damage of any TBI, however, can be permanent. As such, even if a person suffers a mild concussion, and the injury is considered to be a minor TBI, that person still may suffer from permanent side effects, such as chronic headaches, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and others.

TBIs can also have some very odd "side effects" that catch many people by surprise. For example, a 16-year-old boy awakened from a three-day coma speaking fluent Spanish, something rare, but not unheard of. There are reports of other people speaking another language after waking up from a coma and even other reports of people speaking with an accent.

The teenager suffered a severe concussion after being kicked in the side of the head during a soccer game, according to Time. He then went into shock and was airlifted to an area hospital where he was treated in the intensive care unit. It was certainly astonishing to hear this boy speak a language he knew little about.

Other than knowing a few phrases from hearing his brother and fellow soccer teammates speak Spanish, the boy did not speak the language. It is also important to note that the teenager was having trouble speaking English after waking up from the coma as if his knowledge and experience of the English language was replaced with Spanish.

How Is This Possible?

Many of you are likely asking how it is even possible for a person to wake up from a coma speaking another language fluently. Not surprisingly, the answer to this question is "we don't know." While neurologists and other medical professionals have found some answers, they are still trying to determine what specifically happens in the brain that causes someone to surprisingly be fluent in another language following a brain injury.

Are the Results Permanent?

A few weeks after the accident, the teenager was able to regain his ability to speak English and could still also speak Spanish fluently, although he stated that he thought the Spanish was fading. As such, it is unclear whether or not the teenager will be able to speak fluent Spanish indefinitely or if this newfound ability will vanish, making the incident even more perplexing. In addition to the amazement of suddenly being fluent in a foreign language, the teenager's outlook is good as doctors expect him to make a full recovery, even if that recovery is slow.

Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may know how devastating the consequences can be, as many people are not able to recover. Our dedicated Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick & Associates are available to provide a free consultation as to your rights and options.

With more than 38 years of experience, Montlick & Associateshas represented many clients suffering from traumatic brain injuries that are often catastrophic in nature. If you would like to speak with one of our Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333 to schedule your free consultation. You may also visit us online at to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Category: Personal Injury

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