The Severe Brain Injury That Produced Amazing Artistic Talent

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After reading about Marla's new fears as a parent, I had to add two more fears to the list: a shark attack and a brain injury.

I just read about the case of a girl who suffered a crushed skull and lost half her brain following a traumatic car accident. She was in a coma and was expected either to die or remain in a vegetative state for the rest of her life.

I was surprised at the silver lining: following therapy and lots of love and support from her family, the girl became an amazing artist - most likely as a result of her brain injury.

The Daily Mail reports:

Doctors had to remove the damaged left hemisphere of her brain, responsible for logic and analysis and placed a protective plate inside her head.

They did not hold out much hope for her recovery and warned her mother Irina that she would likely be disabled for the rest of her life.

As part of her recovery, Taisia Sidorova of St. Petersburg, Russia, began sketching and painting. Now three years later, the 21-year-old displays an incredible talent for art.

As it turns out, brain injuries have been linked to an increase in artistic or musical talent in very rare cases. At the age of 40, Derek Amato suffered a brain injury when he hit his head at the bottom of a swimming pool. Following his accident, Derek could suddenly play the piano. He quit his corporate job to become a recording artist.

I might need to revise my list of fears to include a brain injury that doesn't result in artistic or musical genius.

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