Straight from the files of strange but apparently true, a Croatian girl who fell into a coma has awakened speaking fluent German. By the way, she couldn't speak it before.
According to a report in the London Telegraph, the 13-year-old girl was in a coma for 24 hours. When she came out of it, she couldn't speak her native tongue Croatian -- rather, she could only communicate in German.
Her parents say she had only just started studying German at school and had been reading German books and watching German TV to become better, but was by no means fluent.
Psychiatric expert Dr. Mijo Milas at Split's KB Hospital where the girl is recovering said, "In earlier times this would have been referred to as a miracle, we prefer to think that there must be a logical explanation – its just that we haven't found it yet."
Doctors claim that the case is so unusual, various experts are flocking to examine the girl.
"You never know when recovering from such a trauma how the brain will react," hospital director Dujomir Marasovic said. "Obviously we have some theories although at the moment we are limited in what we can say because we have to respect the privacy of the patient."
Milas said it's still too early to tell what's going on in the girl's head. "There are references to cases where people who have been seriously ill and perhaps in a coma have woken up being able to speak other languages – sometimes even the Biblical languages such as that spoken in old Babylon or Egypt – at the moment though any speculation would remain just that – speculation – so it's better to continue tests until we actually know something."