The family of a Bristol woman who awoke from a six-year coma as film actor Danny Glover expressed their surprise at her transformation today.
Doreen Peacock, 27, slipped into a coma in January 2006 when a heavy roll of carpet fell on her in her workplace. When she emerged from unconsciousness earlier this week, she awoke as Glover, 65, the star of the Lethal Weapon film series.
"It's great to have her back with us," said Mrs Peacock's husband Martin, a tax inspector. "We'd been holding out hope for years that she would come back to us. But I have to admit, it might take a while for me to get used to sleeping every night next to the star of such hit films as Predator 2 and the 2012."
Doreen, who said she is hoping to take a break of several months before returning to work, said: "No-one is more surprised than me, believe me! I'd heard of people waking from comas with different accents, or speaking new languages, but this is something else.
"I'd always wondered what it might be like to be a man, and now I know. It's just I would never have imagined it would be Danny Glover, the renowned film actor and immigrants' rights activist."
Dr Henrik Wirths, professor of celebrity transmogrification at the Freie Universität of Berlin, said: "Incidences of comatose patients transforming into movie stars are not in themselves unusual, but what is interesting in this case is that a young white British woman has shape-shifted into a middle-aged black American man.
"It is certainly intriguing, and almost certainly irreversible."
Danny Glover was unavailable for comment.