Georgia teen Reuben Nsemoh already had his parents worried after being in a coma, but once he woke up his parents were in for a big surprise. Nsemoh woke up speaking fluent Spanish.
According to People, the 16-year-old Parkview high school sophomore had suffered his third concussion after being kicked in the head during a soccer game. As a result, he spent three days in a coma at Atlanta Medical Hospital. When he woke up, he would only speak in fluent Spanish.
In an interview with WSB Radio, Nsemoh said that he may have subconsciously recalled fluent Spanish conversations he overheard from his friends and brother.
“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.”
Spanish is not a language that he has ever spoken fluently before but by a crazy medical twist, he was only speaking that language. Days later, his English slowly returned and his ability of communicate in Spanish slowly faded.
The publication reports that while his coach Bruno Kalonji called his concussion one of the worst he has ever seen, it hasn’t stopped Nsemoh from wanting to get back on the field.
“It’s my passion. It’s the one thing I want to do for my career,” Nsemoh explained.
While it’s amazing that Nsemoh has woken up from his coma, the rising medical costs are becoming a burden on his parents. In an effort to raise funds, his parents have created a GoFundMe page to cover the costs.
If and when Nsemoh returns to the soccer field, he will be wearing a helmet. Coach Kalonji believes that all goalies need to wear one.
“This can happen even at practice,” he said. “And if kids already have two concussions or three, it’s recommended that they wear one.”