Zut alors! British father reveals he could only speak in FRENCH after suffering seizure 

Zut alors! British father reveals he could only speak in FRENCH after suffering seizure

  • Marcus Jones, 24, lost the ability to speak or think in English during a seizure 
  • The seizure lasted a couple of minutes and was caused by occipital lobe tumour
  • His brain tumour will be removed but Mr Jones risks losing his sight as a result

A father says he was left able to speak and think only in French after suffering a seizure triggered by a brain tumour.

Marcus Jones, from Glenrothes, Fife, began experiencing headaches in September last year, shortly after the birth of his son Finnick.

He was originally diagnosed with epilepsy, but a scan revealed a tumour on his occipital lobe. Side effects have included vision problems, memory loss and brain fog. 

During one seizure he lost the ability to speak English. 

Mr Jones was originally diagnosed with epilepsy but a scan later revealed a tumour on his occipital lobe. The occipital lobe is the visual processing centre of the brain and Mr Jones faces losing his sight when the tumour is surgically removed (file image of brain scans)

Mr Jones was originally diagnosed with epilepsy but a scan later revealed a tumour on his occipital lobe. The occipital lobe is the visual processing centre of the brain and Mr Jones faces losing his sight when the tumour is surgically removed (file image of brain scans)

Mr Jones, 24, said: ‘It was terrifying, I could see my partner and I was trying to tell her I was having a seizure but I could only think and speak in French.

‘It only lasted for a couple of minutes but I was thinking fluently and I recognised it was French, afterwards I was straight back to speaking English.’

Mr Jones will have the tumour removed but risks losing his eyesight.

 He explained: ‘It’s going to be quite difficult to remove because it’s low grade which means the tumour looks like health brain tissue.

‘My surgeon said he is confident he can get at least 70 per cent out but there is part of it which is located on the folds of the brain which he is not so confident about. If he can get it all out, the odds of survival are around 90 per cent for someone in my demographic.

‘It sounds crazy but I wanted to be awake for the procedure so I could tell him if I was experiencing any issues with my vision’.

The former care home team leader added that if not for 14-month-old Finnick he might not have opted for the surgery.

Mr Jones will undergo surgery to remove the tumour, which may cause him to permanently lose his eyesight. His family have set up a GoFundMe page to support him (file image of a brain scan)

Mr Jones will undergo surgery to remove the tumour, which may cause him to permanently lose his eyesight. His family have set up a GoFundMe page to support him (file image of a brain scan)

He said: ‘I want to make sure I’m here for my son. If it wasn’t for him I would maybe wait and see but there isn’t the time.

‘I’m hopeful and terrified, part of me wishes I had more time to make up my mind about whether I want the surgery but my wee family has changed everything. I have to make sure I’m around for a long time so it’s the lesser of two evils’.

Mr Jones’ family have since set up a GoFundMe page for donations to ease the financial burden on the young family.

The last few weeks have been spent doing up their new home and ‘making the most of what could be my last normal Christmas’.

Mr Jones also urged other people to be vigilant about any unusual symptoms. 

He said: ‘I was getting these headaches and weird sleep and vision problems but I just brushed it off as tiredness or dehydration. I think it’s common for a lot of men to avoid speaking to their doctor but we all need to take it seriously. If I had maybe I could’ve caught it sooner.

‘I’m not usually one for opening up, but if telling my story can make even one person think it will be worth it.’

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