The woman, named Kay Delaney, is diagnosed with retrograde amnesia; everything she remembers before recovering from the accident happened 20 years ago or earlier. She is now 55, but her memories send her back to when she was 34. She is the mother of three, but can’t even remember when the youngest, now 19, was born.
‘I remember tucking the children into bed when they were about six and two. Then I woke up and it was 20 years later,’ she said. ‘I cannot even begin to describe the pain and sense of loss I feel every day of not being able to remember my children growing up, let alone not being able to remember my youngest child.’
Her husband Robert, 60, keeps supporting her and explains how it is to live with Mrs. Delaney. ‘Kay is fiercely independent. She always apologizes, but it’s not her fault. It is like having three versions of Kay. There is the confident, ambitious Kay from before the accident. Then there is the Kay after the accident who was a completely different person and now there is the third version which is a blend.’
Before the accident, Kay Delaney was a care home manager.
Source: The Telegraph
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