High School Goalkeeper Reuben Nsemoh Wakes Up From Coma Speaking Fluent Spanish

A high school goalkeeper, Rueben Nsemoh, 16, has woken up from a coma speaking fluent Spanish despite never speaking the language before. He was playing soccer for an elite Gwinnett County national team when he dived for the ball when a player kicked him in the head. Reuben is now struggling to recover from a severe concussion that almost killed him after spending over a week in ICU.


The teen who is originally from Nigeria, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center, where he spent several days in a coma.



According to his WSB-TV, his mother, Dorah Nsemoh, that her son was speaking fluent Spanish, something he’s never done before. ‘Our life has changed through this process,’ his mother told the station.

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The first thing the Brookwood High School (Snellville, Ga.) teen said after he motioned for food was:

“Tengo hambre,” meaning, “I am hungry” in Spanish.

His mother shocked mother said:

“I was very shocked. That’s something he’s never done before. When he got up and he started speaking Spanish, I was confused”.

Bruno Kalonji, Reuben’s soccer coach, told WSB-TV that Rueben stopped breathing several times at the time of the incident.


The Georgia teen who has a lot of Spanish speaking friends, believes this might have had something to do with the strange episode that shocked and confused his parents.

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“My friends would always talk to me in Spanish and would teach me,” he told WSB. “I wasn’t perfect, but my brother is a really fluent Spanish speaker. So he kind of inspired me with that too.”


Rueben’s medical bills have peaked at $200,000, but a GoFundMe account has been set up to help his family offset the cost.

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