Engineer becomes successful artist after stroke rewires his brain

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A former engineer who was disabled and living on benefits has turned his life around - after a stroke rewired his brain and turned him into an artist.
Ken Walters suffered multiple spine fractures and massive internal injuries when he was crushed against a wall by a fork lift truck when a driver lost control.The horrific accident left him wheelchair-bound and jobless and triggered a 19-year depression. Two life-threatening heart attacks deepened his gloom. And when things looked like they couldn't get any worse, Mr Walters suffered a stroke at his home in 2005.
But incredibly the cerebral haemorrhage turned out to be an astonishing piece of good fortune.For it 'rewired' part of his brain and spawned an artistic flair he never previously possessed.

Now, after his early doodles developed into advanced digital images, Mr Walters has created his own software and been snapped up by computer giant EA games at the age of 51.

The global firm has asked him to create digital creatures for a new educational game on evolution.

Mr Walters has already netted a cool £30,000 from his back bedroom creativity.

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