After purportedly waking from a coma miraculously fluent in Mandarin, Australian dude Ben McMahon’s life has been on the upswing, his magical language skills even nabbing him a Chinese girlfriend in time for this Valentine’s.
McMahon, 24, hailing from Melbourne, fell into a coma back in 2012 following a serious car crash — and then reportedly awoke a week or so later as a fluent Mandarin-speaker, reports ABC News.
Although he had previously studied Chinese in high school, McMahon claimed his skills prior to the coma were basic at best. Yet, supposedly, after gaining consciousness he began instinctively speaking to his nurse in Mandarin (“Hi, it really hurts here … what happened to me?”) — even temporarily forgetting how to speak English.
Since acquiring his implausible talent overnight, McMahon has made the most of it over the last few years, co-hosting a Chinese TV show and leading tours in Melbourne for Mandarin speakers. And recently, his divine gift has led him to love via reality TV.
“In Chinese there is an idiom that goes along the line of ‘from a tragedy comes something great,'” McMahon commented sagely.
Late last year he nabbed a spot on Chinese dating show “If You Are The One,” travelling to the Jiangsu capital of Nanjing with nine other Australian Romeos.
“I thought I’d put myself out there and find out if I was the one,” he summed up.
Apparently so — McMahon’s appearance united him with Sydney-hailing Chinese lawyer Feng Guo, with whom he now shares a long-distance relationship.
The miracle of love — or something.
By Pinky Latt
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