Englishman spoke Welsh after stroke

One of the more unusual effects of brain injury has been the focus of a number of newspaper stories. Englishman Alun Morgan woke up after being treated for a stroke to be told he was speaking Welsh – a language he hadn’t spoken since childhood. The 81-year-old Somerset man was evacuated to Aberaeron in Mid-Wales during the Second World War, and “spoke a bit of both” English and Welsh as a child, but hadn’t used the latter as an adult.

He was diagnosed with aphasia, a communication impairment caused by injury to the brain. It can take many different forms, and affects the way the brain processes or interprets speech. Mr Morgan has since been supported by a communication support service. Spokesman for The Children’s Trust Rob Wood said: “This is one of those ‘weird and wonderful’ newspaper stories that might prompt a smile from its readers.” “But it also highlights just how complex our brains are; people with acquired brain injuries may have a wide range of difficulties with language, and like Alun, many will need specialised support.” Read the BBC story here.
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