A former rugby-playing Welsh jock claims that he woke up gay after a gym accident led him to suffer a stroke.
According to The Huffington Post, 26-year-old Chris Birch was trying to impress his friends with a back flip while training, but broke his neck and suffered a stroke. When he came to after being rushed to the hospital, Birch, said his personality had changed. "It sounds strange but when I came round I immediately felt different," he said.
Birch tells the Mirror that his most profound discovery came about during the recovery process, while he was watching a TV program featuring a handsome actor. "I felt my stomach flutter and the same feelings I used to have for pretty girls came across me," said Birch, who also added he was no longer interested in sports and had little in common with old friends. "I had never felt like that about a man before but I knew immediately what the feeling was. I fancied him."
Birch immediately began losing weight and dramatically altering his looks. He left his job at a bank and became a hairdresser. Birch, who is now working in a salon dumped his girlfriend for his new love, 19-year-old Jack Powell. The couple lives together.
Joe Korner, director of communications for The Stroke Association in the U.K. believes the stroke could potentially have a massive impact on a victim's life, though he's never heard of a stroke changing someone's sexuality, "Strokes are traumatic, life-changing experiences, which can make you reassess life and your feelings so perhaps that's the reason behind it," Korner tells CBS News. "Whether or not the stroke turned Chris gay, or whether he was gay anyway but unaware of it, his experience seems to be a positive one, which is great."
Interesting. Do you believe that Birch was changed by the stroke or is he using the stroke as an excuse to be who may have always thought he was?