An American teenage boy who almost lost his life after suffering a concussion during a game of football has woken up from a coma speaking only in Spanish, it has been reported.
16-year-old Reuben Nsemoh, who plays as a goalkeeper, suffered a concussion when a player kicked him in the head during a in front of the goal during a recent match.
“I was in shock and panic,” Nsemoh’s coach, Bruno Kalonji, told WSB-TV.
According to Kalonji, Nsemoh stopped breathing several times after the blow.
“He will start coming back, then he will throw up. It was a sequence of things I’ve never seen, it was bad,” he added.
By the time the ambulance arrived, Nsemoh appeared to be having seizures. He ended up going into a coma for three days.
When he woke up, Nsemoh could no longer speak in English, but was able to speak in Spanish fluently, something he had never done before, his parents said.
As the days progressed, his English words slowly returned and his Spanish became less fluent.
Nsemoh believes he may have subconsciously remembered the conversations his friends and brother, who speaks fluently, had while he was with them.
Nsemoh, who has now suffered three concussions, is recovering at home.
Nsemoh’s parents are thankful to have their son back at home.
Kalonji meanwhile, after seeing the brutal concussion, says he won’t allow Nsemoh’s return to the game unless he is wearing protective headgear. He believes all goalkeepers should wear it.