Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Man Wakes from Coma Speaking Only Ancient Hebrew

A 53-year old man who spent six days in a coma after presumably being assaulted in August, still has no memory of his former life and can only speak in Hebrew.

The man was found unconscious in a California motel on August 9. He had with him a duffel bag of exercise clothes, a backpack and tennis rackets.

He carried a California identification card and a Social Security card, both identifying him as Jamal Miller.

When he woke up in the Cedars-Sinai hospital days later, he had no memory of his past and could only speak in an unknown language.

For three days, the puzzle remained complete until a rabbi visiting a friend in a nearby room, identified the tongue as ancient Hebrew and was able to communicate with the poor man.
“His memories don’t match his former life, at all,” says Dr. James Mackenzie, who is responsible for Mr. Miller’s case. “For some reason, he seems to have lost all his previous knowledge, but also to have gained the memories of an ancient Jewish fisherman. He speaks ancient Hebrew, talks of fishes and boats… I have never seen anything like this.”
Dr. Mackenzie believes a traumatic event may have triggered the confusion. After consulting some speech-language pathologists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, and psychologists, he was able to determine that Mr. Miller’s memory problems might be caused by a combination of two relatively rare disorders called Transient Global Amnesia and Foreign Language Syndrome. CONTINUE READING



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