Woman Undergoes Rhinoplasty. Nose Grows Back, Speaks Dutch
Posted by Lou Savage On September - 18 - 2009
Doctors in a Mexico City cosmetic surgery clinic were stunned by a never-before-seen occurrence when the nose of a patient who had undergone rhinoplasty, grew back, but this time larger than before. Also, just as surprising, the woman, who spoke only English when she arrived, discovered that after awakening from the anesthesia she was able to speak fluent Dutch, but very poor English. “Wat ongelooflijk geluk!” she exclaimed after seeing her bandaged face in a mirror for the first time.
“No one was more surprised than I was,” patient Maryanne Wolf told reporters in Dutch the day after her surgery. “Clearly, this is part of God’s plan for me. I’m the luckiest gal in all the land.”
Dr. Jose Navarro, the surgeon performing Wolf’s procedure, wasn’t immediately aware of Wolf’s linguistic transformation. “To tell you the truth, everyone who comes out of anesthesia sounds like they’re speaking Dutch to me. Her face was all wrapped up, swollen, a tube down her throat. I couldn’t tell.”
Dr. Navarro discovered the phenomenon when his nurse, a native of Amsterdam, asked the patient, “Waarom zeg je dat?” after her initial post-operative utterance. “I couldn’t figure out why she was speaking Dutch, of all things,” said nurse Anke De Groot-Rodriguez. “Usually, patients try to speak Spanish so we’ll think they’re cosmopolitan.”
As for the re-grown nose, doctors can’t seem to find a correlation between it and speaking Dutch. “We’ve gone over it again and again,” said Dr. Navarro. “There’s no precedent.”