A 13-year-old Croatian girl has awakened from a coma, speaking fluent German.

The girl, from the southern town of Knin, had only just started studying German at school and had been reading German books and watching German TV to become better, but was by no means fluent, according to her parents.

Since waking up from her 24 hour coma however, she has been unable to speak Croatian, but is able to communicate perfectly in German.”

A similar phenomenon has been reported in numerous cases through history, but cannot be explained.  And experts who have examined the Croatian teen cannot explain her condition.

Psychiatric expert Dr Mijo Milas added: “In earlier times this would have been referred to as a miracle, we prefer to think that there must be a logical explanation – its just that we haven’t found it yet.”

I can imagine that a brain trauma could deprive one of a native language, but cannot begin to  imagine how one could suddenly wake up fluent in a language that one did not previously know (or know well).

via Croatian teenager wakes from coma speaking fluent German – Telegraph.

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