10 People Who Gained Superpowers After Brain Injuries


Hey Youtube, Jim here! Welcome to Top 10 Archive! Today’s topic reminds me of when you wake
up from a nap with an incredible idea. Like the problem that you just can’t solve
until you dream about it. For these ten people, it wasn’t a problem
that was solved, but rather a switch that got flipped. There was a before, where they lived normal
lives, and an after, when they were a genius. What was the trigger? Not a nap, but a serious brain injury. Which is exactly the topic for today – the
Top 10 People Who Gained Genius Powers After Brain Injuries! But before we get started, why not become
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know by giving it a thumbs up and in the comment section, tell us what powers you’d want to
inherit if you became a genius! 10. Derek Amato
“No Diving” signs have a reason for existing. It just so happens that when you dive into
a pool that’s too shallow, you can seriously injure your head piece. You know what’s in your head? That’s right, a brain. In 2006, Derek Amato found out the hard way
that pools don’t welcome your head very nicely. He blacked out and woke up disoriented. He was left with hearing loss, chronic headaches
and memory problems. You know what else it left him with, though? Musical genius. First, he started seeing shapes; black and
white shapes which he called a “continuous stream of musical notation” in his head. Then, he was suddenly able to sit and play
intricate pieces of music at the piano, at which he had never been particularly talented. Now, he’s grateful for the change in his
life, but I’m sure he’s also much more careful when swimming. 9. Jason Padgett
Back in 2002, Jason Padgett, a furniture salesman, was attacked by two muggers. He was kicked repeatedly in the head during
the attack, which caused him to see a blinding white flash. Not long after, he woke up disoriented lying
on the concrete. He had a severe concussion and his vision
was impaired mildly. It wasn’t that he couldn’t see, but rather
that now every object was broken down into shapes and lines. Before this, Padgett had never been a genius
by anyone’s standards. In fact, he dropped out of high school. So someone else had to inform him that what
he was seeing was mathematical formulas represented geometrically. He could, essentially, turn numbers into pictures
in his brain. Since then, he enrolled in college to learn
more about his condition and understand his own brain better. 8. Jon Sarkin
If you’d met Jon Sarkin in his “before” life you’d describe him as a regular Joe
Shmoe… or… Jon Shmon? He played golf, he was a chiropractor, he
was married with a kid, he read about stocks. Let’s face it, Jon was boring. Then one day, golf changed his life. Who else in the entire world can say that? In 1988, he got a brain bleed during a game
of golf and was taken to the hospital. His situation was so dire that the doctors
had to remove a portion of his brain. The man who woke up wasn’t John Shmon, the
chiro, it was Jon the artist. He had this sudden compulsion to paint, following
a series of dreams he described as surreal, and he quit his job to pursue painting and
sculpting full time. Soon, his brain injury and his art got him
in the news and he got the push he needed to become a serious artist. He’s now been featured in galleries internationally. 7. Leigh Erceg
With a name like Leigh Erceg, it must have been very disappointing to have a life that
was very mundane. This might be why, at 49 years old, her own
brain made her something extraordinary, worthy of carrying a name that epic. In 2009, she fell into a ravine on her ranch
in Colorado and suffered both head and spine injuries. A less lucky person would have just been limited
to a wheelchair for the rest of their lives. However, her spine healed just fine. Sure, she had no idea who she was and had
no memories of anything that had happened before the fall, but with this she also had
an even more interesting result. She lost her emotions. She rationally knows when to smile or laugh,
but doesn’t quite understand why she does it. She now does art, drawing images based on
mathematical equations. It’s really quite amazing, though a little
sad. What would you prefer, your lifelong memories
or a new genius brain? 6. Mr. Z
Mr. Z is clearly an anonymous name for a young boy who suffered brain damage. He was nine years old at the time and he was
shot in the forehead during a home invasion. Not your regular head injury, like being dropped
by a careless relative. The bullet went through his head completely,
leaving no remains behind and left him paralyzed and mute. He couldn’t do a lot of things, but one
thing that he started doing was particularly interesting. He could take anything apart and put it back
together. He could also remember random facts perfectly. Things like street names in areas he’d only
been to once became clear as day. These little quirks didn’t dim the impact
that his disabilities had on the rest of his life, either. 5. Franco Magnani
Our next genius was an Italian immigrant who, in the 1960’s, started suffering from a
strange illness. He suffered fevers that got so bad that he
was driven to delirium. He had these dreams of his life in Italy,
where he hadn’t lived in almost 10 years. He would wake up and paint these scenes from
his childhood. Little did he know, his paintings were perfect
replicas of the village where he grew up. His brain stored the images for years and
the fevers had shaken them out. Doctors say it’s a type of epilepsy, each
seizure allowing him to remember every detail of those memories. Two decades later, a photographer took it
upon himself to photograph those same scenes that Magnani had painted. 4. Anthony Cicoria
Dr. Anthony Cicoria was no high school dropout before his injury, but the “after” is
just as shocking. He was using a payphone and saw a bright light
that stunned him. He felt as if he had been knocked out of his
own body. He says he remembers looking down at his own
unconscious self and seeing people rush to try to resuscitate him. Then he came back into his own body feeling
all the physical pain of what had happened. It wasn’t a car that hit him, like you’d
guess. It was lightning. His recovery took a few months, but he never
quite felt the same after that. He didn’t have as much the focus he used
to, his memory wasn’t very good. But then, his problems were solved and he
was back to his old self. Then, he started feeling a desire to make
music. He became obsessed, hearing music in his dreams,
feeling music all the time. He didn’t know how to play music, though,
so he didn’t know how to get the music out of his head. So, he took up self-teaching. The obsession became so intense that his wife
left him. He became gifted at music, doctors think,
because of a temporal-lobe seizure caused by the lightning. The brain is a crazy thing! 3. Heather Thompson
Heather suffered her head injury in the most mundane way. This could actually happen to any of us. She was loading groceries into her car and
the hatch hit her in the head. The impact was so strong that she was knocked
to the ground. Her doctors weren’t particularly concerned,
calling it a “mild traumatic brain injury”. Heather was adamant that she just didn’t
feel like herself after that, though. She was photosensitive, all lights and colors
seemed too bright and vivid, so she had to lock herself up in her dark bedroom to find
refuge. She couldn’t spend time with her family
or even go to her job as CEO of her own business. She was easily exhausted, and spent most of
her time sleeping. A neighbor dropped by some art supplies and
it turned into her saving grace! It wasn’t all fun though, it ended in divorce,
moving to the countryside, getting a goat, and turning into a painter. In the end, after all of the struggles, she’s
happier than ever. 2. Orlando Serrell
Orlando Serrell is the go-to for a lot of people wanting to make a point about genius
acquired after brain injuries. He was hit on the head with a bat as a boy
back in 1979. He got up and brushed himself off, not realizing
his life had changed forever. After that, in addition to the headaches,
he also had a perfect memory. He knew everything that had happened to him
every moment in his life. This is called an “eidetic memory” of
the past. With this shiny new eidetic memory he also
gained the ability to know the future! Well, not the actual events of the future,
but rather what day of the week a date would be, even for dates hundreds of years into
the future. That genius 10-year-old has long ago grown
up and he’s helped researchers study links between brain damage and human intelligence. 1. Jim Carollo
Jim Carollo was just 14 years old when he lost his mother in a car crash. He was in the car when it happened and he
fell into a coma himself. His injuries could have been fatal and doctors
thought he didn’t stand much of a chance. Still, he survived, and with good reason! He not only went back to his life as a teenager
in school, but also became a math genius. He passed all of his math exams with flying
colors, skipped up to calculus, aced without studying, and so on and so forth. He memorized numbers by just looking at them. Jim is now 39 and his abilities are intact. He isn’t a crazy Harvard professor or anything,
but he lives a normal life, and says the numbers are calming to him.

27 thoughts on “10 People Who Gained Superpowers After Brain Injuries

  1. I would like to wake up from a brain trauma with the ability to know how to live from paycheck to paycheck

  2. I enjoy this channel so much ! Thank you !
    I had a minor TBI years ago … now I see matrix like pixelation everywhere … also certain colors have specific scents

  3. Hello. That is pretty wild. Brain sure is incredible thing. I would had to think a bit of what super power I would like to have. I would just like to have my head together enough to get through the day ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I've hit my head many times but haven't developed any superpowers. But notice how most of these people don't just develop amazing abilities but an obsession as well? Which came first, the obsession or the ability?

  5. Commits a home invasion and shoots a 9 year old point blank in the forehead. Some real pieces of shit we share the planet with.

  6. I was smacked in the back of the head with a lead pipe at 13 by my cousin who had serious anger management issues. I lost a good deal of vision and cannot see colors, but surprisingly I can understand very subtle vibrations and interpret them into sound. For instance, I can put my hand gently on a wall and spy on a conversation that normal people simply wouldn't be able to hear even with amplification.

    I'd rather have color back in my life though. Strangely enough I can still tell what color something is supposed to be, I just don't see it. Doctors have referred to that as "Blind SIght" and associated it similarly to some blind people who will move around an object in their path that they can't see because while they can't see it, their brain still processes that something is there.

  7. i hurted my brain back in โ€˜67 when mommy dropped me down the stairs.
    i know she did it on purpose

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