Suffering a blow to the head while skiing is a nightmare that anybody who likes sliding around on two sticks can be prone to. It can mean anything from a throbbing headache to lasting cranial nerve damage, and some cases even death.
However, an anonymous skier from the US claims to have developed amazing mental powers following a bang to the head during a heavy fall while skiing on a family holiday.
While skiing down an icy mogul run at a speed that the skier herself describes as “definitely too fast”, she caught an edge and rag-dolled down the hill before blacking out.
After being checked out by medics, the prognosis was a broken collar bone, a badly dislocated shoulder, and moderate concussion. However, following a sever migraine a few weeks later, the unnamed skier went back to hospital.
More tests were done, and there were long questions from experts in the neurology department. When quizzed about her symptoms, the skier said her main problem was remembering too much. You’d think a significant bang to the head would work the other way, erasing some memory, but apparently not in this case.
Three years of tests, consultation, and no doubt a healthy amount of medical specialists stroking their chins, the diagnosis was that our heroine had developed ‘Acquired Savant Syndrome’.
The condition has left the skier with the ability to recall certain bits of information from her memory in incredible detail – something she says she had no capacity do do prior to the crash years earlier.
Despite having no training in either art or architecture, she found she could fill sketchbook after sketchbook with incredibly detailed drawing of buildings she’d visited throughout her life.
We haven’t seen any evidence of these sketch books, but it’s certainly not the first time somebody has developed miraculous new skills following some trauma to the body.
In the 1960’s, Franco Magnani, an Italian immigrant lived in the US for 30 years since moving to the country when he was 4 years old came down with an undiagnosed fever. He suffered with seizures while hospitalised for many weeks.
However, when he recovered, Magnani found his mind flooded with images of the tiny town he’d spent the first few years of his life in. He started drawing and eventually painting these scenes and whiteness’ to the art claim that, held next to a picture of the same place, the two scenes were identical.
Of course, we’re not recommending that anybody actually goes out of their way to bang their head in a bid to gain some bizarre new X Men like skills. Far from it.
In our experience, the only powers we’ve ever got from a bang to the head was the desire to make the accident that cause it sounds much gnarlier than it actually was. Love your brain.