A Georgia teenager has survived a life-threatening head injury on the soccer pitch that put him in a coma — and when he woke up, he was only speaking fluent Spanish.
Via DailyMail.comA high school goalie, who is still suffering from a third concussion that nearly killed him, woke up from a coma speaking fluent Spanish.
Rueben Nsemoh was playing soccer last month for an elite Gwinnett County national team when he dived for the ball and another player kicked him in the head, WSB TV reported.
The Georgia teen was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center, where he spent several days in a coma.
When he finally woke up, his mother, Dorah Nsemoh, told WSB-TV that her son was speaking fluent Spanish, something he's never done before. He's still unable to go to school and his family is devastated as it isn't known how much damage has been done.
'Our life has changed through this process,' his mother told the station.
His soccer coach, Bruno Kalonji, told WSB-TV that Rueben stopped breathing several times at the time of the incident. Kalonji said he was in 'shock and panic', adding that Rueben would fade in and out of consciousness and 'he'd start throwing up'.
'You thought you'd might lose him. I thought I might lose him there,' Kalonji said.
Rueben told the station: 'Sometimes I daze out. Sometimes I feel like I'm not there, but I am.'
Upon his return to the game, his coach wants him and other goalkeepers to wear a helmet.
'We should try to prevent these things from happening earlier,' Kalonji said.
Rueben's medical bills have peaked at $200,000, but a GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family offset the cost.
The account, which was set up by friends, says that 'Reuben's seizures have not stopped'.
The passionate soccer player hopes to play professionally one day, but for now he'll continue to stay at home and heal.