Footballer awakes from coma speaking fluent French after crash near Tamworth

An amateur footballer from Redditch in Worcestershire awoke from a car crash only to speak fluent FRENCH. Rory Curtis, from Worcestershire, was involved in a horror collision near Tamworth – and woke up speaking a different language. The then-22-year-old crashed in August 2014 on the M42, when his Transit van collided with a HGV.

Nobody was seriously hurt, but Rory was rushed to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he lay in a coma for a week. Rory suffered a shattered hip, a broken elbow, a multifocal intracranial haemorrhage and a diffused brain injury. And when he awoke he began to speak fluent French, leaving his family stunned.

Rory told the BBC : “My dad did his research and the Curtis family originates from Normandy, but that was in the 1800s.

“If you look on YouTube and type my name in, there are a lot of conspiracy theories, thinking the brain can hold on to knowledge of generations. Crazy.” Rory also suffered age regression, waking up and being convinced he was aged 10.

He would badger his mum for news of their family dog, who had tragically died a decade earlier.

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He also became convinced he was Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey, star of Dallas Buyers Club and Magic Mike. “Because I had a broken arm and a broken hip, I had to go to the loo with my mum,” Curtis says. “And I remember looking in the mirror and not realising who I was looking at.”

Rory was discharged from hospital in November 2012 and began the long process of recovery. And, after working as a lecturer at South and City College Birmingham, teaching barbering, now owns his own shop: Charlie Parker’s Cut Throat & Coffee in Worcester.

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Rory, who comes from a family of Birmingham City fans, trained with Blues himself at the age of 11. He would eventually be spotted by a Manchester United scout, and he plied his trade for the Red Devils at their iconic Carrington Academy.

The Premier League giants linked up with Walsall FC in the Black Country to continue his development.

After being hit by injuries, Rory went on to play for a string of semi-pro clubs in the West Mids.

Among these was Stourbridge, Stourport, Evesham, Rugby, Halesowen and Willenhall.

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