7:29AM GMT 09 Nov 2011
Chris Birch, 26, suffered a stroke during during a freak training accident when he attempted a back flip and broke his neck.
But folllowing his recovery he quit his bank job to become a hairdresser, grew to hate sport, called off his engagement and started dating a man.
“I was gay when I woke up and I still am,” he said. "It sounds strange but when I came round I immediately felt different. I wasn’t interested in women any more.
“I had never been attracted to a man before - I’d never even had any gay friends. But I didn’t care about who I was before, I had to be true to my feelings.”
Prior to the accident, Mr Birch was planning on settling down with his girlfriend and spent weekends playing sport and drinking with his mates.
Mr Birch, of Ystrad Mynach, South Wales, said: "Suddenly I hated every* thing about my old life. I didn’t get on with my friends, I hated sport and found my job boring.
"I started to take more pride in my appearance, bleached my hair and started working out. I went from a 19st skinhead, to a 11st preened man.