Teen Wakes Up From Near-Fatal Concussion Speaking Fluent Spanish

A Gwinnett County teen is blessed to be alive after suffering a near-fatal concussion during a soccer game late last month.

Rueben Nsemoh, who plays goalie, was kicked in the head by another player as he dove for the ball.

After spending several days in a coma, Rueben woke up speaking fluent Spanish, a language he has never spoken fluently before.


A collision late last month during a soccer game has turned Nsemoh’s life upside down. He was playing goalie for an elite Gwinnett County-based national team when he dived for the ball, and another player kicked him in the head.

Rueben’s coach, Bruno Kalonji, said the teenager stopped breathing several times.

“I was in shock and panic, then he’d come back and he’d start throwing up. It was a sequence of things I’d never seen before. You thought you’d might lose him. I thought I might lose him there,” Kalonji said.

Rueben was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center, where he spent several days in a coma.

“Our life has changed through this process,” Rueben’s mother, Dorah Nsemoh, told Thomas.

And when he did wake up, his parents say Rueben spoke only in Spanish at first, a language he’d never spoken fluently before.

For now, Rueben stays at home, twirling a ball and watching games on TV.

“Sometimes I daze out. Sometimes I feel like I’m not there, but I am,” Rueben Nsemoh said.

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We are wishing Rueben a full and speedy recovery.