Do you ever find yourself swiping through Tinder, searching wistfully for a dashing young man with superhero powers?
Well, look no further. It’s time to meet Ben McMahon.
In 2013, Ben was in a car accident. He was in coma for a week, with doctors voicing serious concerns about his recovery. But Ben, 21, beat the odds. Not only did he wake from his coma, he awoke with a newfound ability to speak, read, and write Chinese-Mandarin. In fact, his first communication with his parents was a hand-written note in Chinese that had to be translated by a nurse.
Partying hard at 3:30am on the slow train back to #nanjing ???? 凌晨3点半在回南京的慢车上疯狂爬梯ing #China #Nanjing #Shanghai #train #party #hadalovelychatwiththeguypickinghisnosebehindme #中国 #南京 #上海 #爬梯 #和在我身后挖鼻孔的男的聊天好开心哦 A photo posted by Ben McMahon | 孟傑明 (@redrooben) on Dec 10, 2015 at 2:29pm PST
This is the real McCoy. Ben did have basic knowledge of the language from high-school lessons, and had visited Beijing once. But since his spectacular (and kinda spooky) recovery, Ben has been kickin’ butt as a Mandarin-speaking extraordinaire; winning competitions, studying Mandarin at Melbourne Uni, hosting Chinese television show Au Ma Ga, and running Chinese tours of Melbourne’s CBD.