A North Carolina man says he awoke from a serious car accident with a traumatic brain injury and a surprising new ability.
In 2015, Scott Mele, 42, from Wilmington, was sitting in his vehicle at an intersection when he was a hit by a car going 70 miles an hour.
He survived but, during his recovery, he began suffering from anxiety and depression and didn't feel like himself anymore.
It wasn't until months later, while browsing through a craft store with his kids, that Mele decided to buy painting supplies, WECT reported.
The former car salesman discovered that not only did he like painting - he was really good at it, despite never having picked up a paintbrush before.
Mele is one of just a few dozen people in the world with a rare medical condition who've awoken with newfound talents after suffering severe head trauma.
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Scott Mele, 42 (left and right), from Wilmington, North Carolina, was sitting in his vehicle a when he was a hit by a car going 70 miles an hour in 2015. He awoke four months later with a traumatic brain injury and suffered from severe anxiety and depression
Mele was in a craft store with his children months later when he got an unexplainable urge to paint. Pictured: One of Mele's paintings
Mele told WECT that, prior to the car accident, his primary goals in life were success and buying material objects.
'That was my life. I didn't care about anybody else. I didn't have a lot of friends because again, I didn't care about anybody else,' he said.
'So when I had this accident, it was completely flipped upside down and it's like that person died. I really don't relate with the old me