Brain Trauma Changes Man

Brain Trauma

Brain Trauma

Five years ago, when Leszek Zieliński went on a camping trip to Austria, he was an active sales manager of a large company; as well as his native Polish, he also spoke fluent German and English. He came back a quiet musician and is now living off a state pension. He forgot how to speak English, but rediscovered his love for music. While camping in Austria, Leszek was stung by wasps and went into anaphylactic shock. It took doctors two hours to resuscitate and stabilise him, only to have him slip into a coma. He woke up one month later, in Poland. Unexpectedly, he started to enjoy playing music again. It had been many years since he last touched a saxophone or piano, but Leszek used to be a professional musician. Two years after the accident, his ability to speak English returned in a matter of hours. Doctors found neither this development nor the earlier changes particularly surprising because, as they explained, when a person’s brain experiences a serious trauma, it unlocks previously unused structures and pathways, and forms new connections, sometimes even causing considerable changes in one’s character and personality.

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