A young father’s recovery is baffling doctors after he awoke from a coma and discovering he had artistic talents like never before—and now he’s a professional carpenter and model builder.
Moe Hunter was struck down by a rare form bacterial meningitis and tuberculosis in his brain that left him fighting for his life in 2004.
He spent more than a month in a coma, and doctors performed lifesaving surgery at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, installing a shunt to drain fluid from his brain.
Before his diagnosis, Moe had no interest in crafts or any notable artistic ability.
He awoke from brain surgery and recovered much more quickly than expected: “My doctor said that I was a walking miracle.”
Not only that, he soon left his friends and family scratching their heads at his display of creativity. The 38-year-old suddenly had an inexplicable talent for drawing, painting, and model building—despite ‘being rubbish’ at art in school.
“I really wasn’t creative before in the slightest. I was more interested in going outside, football, and computer games.
“I look at all of my stuff now and I’m, like, ‘never in a trillion years could I do this stuff’. I have no idea how it happened.
“When I spoke to the neurologist he just said ‘enjoy it’, and said there’s so much about the brain they still can’t decipher and this is just a phenomenon.
“Nobody has really given a medical explanation for it. I just know comas can do crazy things to a human brain. They said there’s many stories and theories over the years about people having awakened from comas with skills… even speaking other languages.”
The first thing he drew afterwards was a sketch of a character in the video game, Legend of Zelda—and his mother immediately asked, ‘when did you learn how to draw?’
“It was crazy, I haven’t stopped since then. I just found I had this passion which never existed in me before.”
He used his new skills to embark on a career as a self-employed carpenter and began building intricate model replicas of his favorite superheroes and film icons.
The married father-of-one has since sold pieces of his artwork and displayed his creations at Comic-Con events across the UK.
His home in Hereford, England, is now adorned with his paintings, illustrations, and Star Wars models—from a life-size R2-D2 to a miniature Chewbacca. Next will be a Pod racer from Episode 1.
“I just feel incredibly lucky.”
“After being given this second chance at life and a new talent, I wanted to make the most of it so I became self-employed as a carpenter making toy boxes. This wasn’t something I could have done before, and it was nice. I really enjoyed it.
“I’ve met some of the cast of Star Wars—and the man who made Darth Vader’s helmet came and spoke to me. I’ve been really lucky where this new talent has taken me.
“I’ve written my own comic story too, so it has extended to creative writing, which I never would have touched before. I’m also now writing a screenplay,” added Mr. Hunter.
“I’m just doing what my neurologist told me to do and just trying to enjoy it.”
“Even to this day some of my family can’t believe it, they’re still completely shocked.