Waking up in Someone Else’s Body

December 25, 2014

What would you do if you woke up from a coma in someone else’s body, speaking a foreign language?

Rory Curtis, a twenty-five-year-old British man, was in a coma for six days following a horrific car accident on a busy motorway in England. He suffered extensive brain damage; his blood vessels had burst and blood was leaking into his brain. For six days, doctors battled around the clock to save his life. When he woke up, he was speaking fluent French and he believed he was Hollywood A-list actor, Matthew McConaughey.

Rory described the moment he looked in the mirror and saw someone else looking back at him. He said, “I didn’t know what I was looking at.” During his time in the hospital he was thinking that he couldn’t wait to get out of the hospital and go back to filming movies. Eventually, everything clicked into place and he realized that he wasn’t Matthew MConaughey.

Rory has now retrained as a barber and he is learning to teach hairdressing. I know if I had been in his shoes, and I had believed that I was an A-list actor, I would have figured that I was being given a second chance and that this was a sign that I was supposed to train as an actor.

But what would you do if you really did wake up from a coma in someone else’s body? Although it sounds like a science fiction plot of a movie, with so many things being discovered that were never known before, it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility.

There is so much about the brain that we do not know. Scientists have suppositions but no conclusions. How did Rory wake up speaking fluent French when he hadn’t studied it since the ninth grade and, by his own admission, he wasn’t a good student? Supposedly, you don’t learn something new; you just speak with a foreign accent.

But that isn’t the case with Rory. He is doing something new; he is speaking fluent French when scientists had agreed that people wouldn’t be learning anything new.

He has a chance at a new life. What are the odds that he’s going to use this opportunity for the betterment of mankind? It would seem such a shame if he didn’t make radical changes to reflect his “awakening.”

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