New romance … Vikki Salmon with partner Julie Smith   
A MUM who woke from a 16-day coma as a lesbian said last night: “I used to be lad mad.”
Vikki Salmon bedded 20 men and was once engaged before nearly dying in a blaze at her tower block home.

She was overcome by smoke and battled back to life from a coma. But when mum-of-two Vikki, 36, came round her feelings for men had been replaced by a loathing of the opposite sex.

And when she met up again with lesbian pal Julie Smith, 25, she realised she had become attracted to her. They have since started a relationship and are living together in Brinnington, Stockport.

Vikki, a former care assistant, said: “I used to be lad mad and I was on a date the night of the fire. But since the coma I haven’t been able to stand blokes.

"I’ve never had any gay tendencies before. Then all of a sudden I’m a full-blown lesbian.

"It must have been the accident that did it — that’s the only explanation I can think of.

"We’d like to get married but need to give ourselves at least a year. We were friends before all this and now we’re lovers.”

Friends and family have been surprised by their sudden life together, and not all are supportive.

Vikki added: “My dad thinks it’s a phase I’m going through but I never want a boyfriend for the rest of my life.

"Most people are not accepting it — but we’ve been together for seven months. I said to her, ‘It’s like you’ve sprinkled love dust over me’.”

When she woke from the coma, Vikki had no recollection of the fire in July that dest-royed her flat in Brinnington and all her belongings.

Doctors told her the fire brigade received a 999 call from the flat but she doesn’t remember making it.

She suffered burned lungs from smoke inhalation and has had nightmares and anxiety since.

Man fan … Vikki with an ex-boyfriend
After leaving hospital, she fell for jobless Julie. She said: “I was staying at an ex-boyfriend’s and Julie started coming to see me.

"I knew I was getting more and more feelings for her as I was getting excited to see her.

"About two months later we were at a barbecue. We started kissing and everyone said it was because we were drunk. But I had genuine feelings for her.

"She left in the morning and then I started texting her and telling her how I felt. I was fighting my feelings for her because I was worried I was going to lose her as a friend and was worried it was wrong, but I couldn’t help myself.”

Her experience echoes that of ex-rugby player Chris Birch, 26 — who featured in a BBC3 documentary this week. He suffered a stroke and says it turned him gay.

Vikki said: “I know how he feels. We are very much the same.”

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