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Artist and poet: Leigh has a rare syndrome where her cognitive abilities are boosted following a head trauma
Artist and poet: Leigh has a rare syndrome where her cognitive abilities are boosted following a head trauma

A cowgirl in the US who suffered a catastrophic brain injury woke up as an accidental genius.

Leigh Erceg, 47, was a ranchworker in Colorado when she tumbled into a ravine, causing terrible spine and head wounds which left doctors in fear for her life.

But as she recovered, she found she had become a gifted poet and artist, as well as a maths whizz, with no memory of her former life – even her mum.

Leigh is thought to be the only person on the planet with acquired savant syndrome – where cognitive ability in certain areas is vastly enhanced in later life. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE