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Man Becomes Super Generous After Stroke, Quits Job, Doctors Stunned

| by Michael Allen

An unidentified 49-year-old man in Brazil suffered a stroke, which damaged part of his brain, resulting in what doctors have called "pathological generosity."

After his stroke, the man began to give away money, food and drinks to people he didn't even know, claimed his beleaguered wife.

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A stroke happens when a blood clot blocks blood from going to the brain, or when a blood vessel in the brain actually breaks and leaks blood into the brain.

Doctors at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro say the stroke occurred in a sub-cortical area of the brain, which is responsible for higher level thinking.

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The man was placed on medication to treat his depression and felt he was cured after two years, but has remained super generous.

The man told doctors that he was aware of changes in his behavior, but claimed, "I saw death from up-close, now I want to be in high spirits."

When asked by doctors if he wanted to return to work, the man refused and said it was time to "enjoy life which is too short."

Apparently this response also confounded the scientific community.

"Although the observation of personality change is not that unusual, this particular one is apparently novel. A stroke can cause a whole variety of neuro-psychological and behavioral changes," Dr. Larry Goldstein, a neurologist and director of the Stroke Centre at Duke University, told The Huffington Post.

Source: The Huffington Post