Dad wakes up from month-long coma to find he has artistic talents he never had before

A father has left doctors baffled after waking up from a coma with extraordinary artistic talents he’s never had before – and he’s now a professional carpenter and model maker.

Moe Hunter, 38, spent more than a month in a coma where his heart even stopped after being diagnosed with a rare form of bacterial meningitis and tuberculosis in his brain.

He woke up from brain surgery with no memory, but soon left his friends and family stunned when he started showing off a special gift he didn’t have before.

Moe suddenly discovered that he had a new creative flair and an inexplicable talent for drawing, painting and building models – despite being “sucky” at art in school.

He used his new skills to embark on a career as a freelance carpenter and began building intricate replicas of life-size models from the world of television and film.

Married, father-of-one Moe has since sold artwork and exhibited his incredible creations at Comic-Con events across the country.

He also appeared in Keith Lemon’s “Fantastical Factory of Curious Crafts” after the producers were also blown away by his story.

Moe revealed that people laughed at his works when he was younger before his incredible transformation into a talented artist.

He says medical professionals were flabbergasted by the abnormal phenomenon before his neurologist told him, “Enjoy it.”

His home in Hereford is now adorned with stunning paintings, illustrations and models – of a life-size R2-D2, a Chappie and an AT-ST from Star Wars.

Moe said: “I really wasn’t creative at all before, actually people made fun of my drawings. I was more interested in going out and football and computer games.

“Even to this day, some of my family members can’t believe it, they are still completely shocked.

“It’s insane but when I spoke to the neurologist he just said ‘enjoy it’ and said there was so much stuff in the brain that they still couldn’t decipher and that it was just a phenomenon.

“I look at all my stuff now and think ‘never in a trillion years could I have done this stuff’. I don’t know how it happened.

“My doctor said I was a walking miracle for being able to recover as quickly as I did – but when I started showing off these new artistic talents, they were just bewildered.

“No one has really given a medical explanation for it. I just know that a coma can do crazy things to a human brain.

“They just said there were a lot of stories and theories over the years and people woke up from comas with skills and even speaking other languages.

“I remember the first thing I drew next was a sketch of Legend of Zelda and my mum turned to me and said ‘when did you learn to draw?’

“It was crazy, I haven’t stopped since.

“I just discovered that I had this passion there that didn’t exist in me before.

“I feel incredibly lucky but also shocked because I really don’t know where this came from.”

Moe was struck down with a rare form of bacterial meningitis and tuberculosis in his brain that left him fighting for his life in 2004.

He was left in a coma as doctors performed life-saving surgery by installing a shunt to drain fluid from his brain at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Prior to his diagnosis, Moe had no interest in crafts or any notable creative ability.

Now he’s channeling his newfound carpentry skills and working on handcrafted replicas of popular culture icons.

He likes to build things and creates art from movies, especially Star Wars, Marvel movies and video games from MDF and recycled materials.

Moe, who is from Birmingham, added: “They still can’t tell me how the TB got there.

“They say people can’t dream in a coma but I know what I saw in my coma was like a dream and really alive.

“I woke up on October 13, 2004. I don’t remember anything before 2004 – everything was passed down to me from family and friends.

“After having this second chance in life and a new talent, I wanted to make the most of it so I started my own business as a carpenter making toy boxes.

“It wasn’t something I could have done before and that was good. I really enjoyed that.

“As a hobby, I made a Star Wars X-Wing starfighter. Then it evolved into a massive MDF wooden Chappie. It was about 7 feet tall and had all the arms and legs made of movement.

“After that I got an email from the director of Chappie and he also sent me a package with all the props from the movie. It was pretty weird.

“I met some Star Wars actors and the man who made Darth Vader’s helmet came to talk to me. I was really lucky where this new talent took me.

“I also made a Star Wars AT-ST. Last year I made a wooden R2-D2, it took two months. The next one will be a Pod racer from Episode 1.

“I also wrote my own comic book story, so it also expanded into creative writing that I never would have touched before.

“I do all my own illustrations for it. I also write a script. I have all the ideas but I don’t know how to bring it to life.

“I’ve been in touch with some guys at Netflix and they’ve sent me scripts so I can get it into shape, so who knows, maybe it’s next.

“I’m just doing what my neurologist told me to do and just trying to enjoy it.”

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