The Man with the Missing Brain
The Story of a Horrific Accident and the Life that Followed it…
If Simon Lewis’ life was a movie, it would seem far too fantastical to be true. In the early 1990s, Lewis was a rising producer in Hollywood, fresh off the success of “Look Who’s Talking,” the John Travolta-starring comedy about a talking baby that ended up being one of the top-grossing movies of 1989. Then, Lewis’ career came to a sudden end, after a car accident killed his wife, mangled Lewis’ body and obliterated a large part of his brain. Against all odds, Lewis survived, and over the course of the past couple of decades, he has largely recovered from near-total memory loss.
In 1994, he and his wife went to dinner to celebrate their new car, and they’re driving when a van blows through a stop sign in a residential street at 75 mph. Their car flies through the air, slams into a tree and lands in a garden. Simon’s wife was killed instantly, and Simon broke everything you could break and lost a third of one of his brain hemispheres. He spent the next decade and a half recovering one piece of surgery after another
“Are you ready for our drive then?” Simon Lewis, comes hobbling into his parents’ living room in Sherman Oaks, a suburb of the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles. An Englishman by birth, his public-school accent remains unsullied by nearly 40 years in the United States. “Brave man!” he chuckles.