Teen Emerges From Coma Fluent in German
Croatian doctors say they can't explain it, yet
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by ekwhaley88
Posted Apr 13, 2010 5:47 PM CDT
Psychiatric expert involved in the case: "We prefer to think that there must be a logical explanation; it's just that we haven't found it yet."   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A bizarre tale from Croatia: The Daily Mail and the Telegraph are reporting that a 13-year-old girl emerged from a 24-hour coma unable to speak her native Croatian but fluent in German. The girl reportedly had basic lessons in German before falling ill and had been watching German TV programs, but she was nowhere near fluent. Now her family needs an interpreter to communicate with her.

'You never know when recovering from such a trauma how the brain will react," says the director of KB Hospital in Split, Croatia. "Obviously we have some theories although at the moment we are limited in what we can say because we have to respect the privacy of the patient.'

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Placebo
Apr 15, 2010 6:28 AM CDT
On the topic at hand... The article suggests mildly that there may be factors which are not being shared to protect the child, "...says the director of KB Hospital in Split, Croatia. "Obviously we have some theories although at the moment we are limited in what we can say because we have to respect the privacy of the patient.'" Is it possible that this is hinting at a personal issue in her past. Could this little girl have been adopted? Could she be an illegally adopted child? Could there be theories that she was a sex slave... all kinds of things could explain an earlier ability with German which was buried or squelched by immersion into a new language and culture... she could have experienced her German previous life much like a dream. It would also explain her affinity for German TV... who knows.. interesting article though.
JonmarkP
Apr 14, 2010 6:28 PM CDT
"I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my dog." -Charles V
thezenhaitian
Apr 14, 2010 3:47 PM CDT
Wow! Trauma to the brain can have an intriguing affect. I read famous brain surgeon Dr Ben Carson's autobiography, "Gifted Hands." In it when half the brain was removed, the other half could take up most of the functions and the patient could live a normal life. Even stranger though, often, they developed photographic memories. Dr. Carson is a top brain surgeon who happens to be black.