Teenager Suffered Head Injury And Since Then Her Memory Resets Every Two Hours
Imagine you wake up every day remembering that today is the same day. No, it is not a replay of a "Groundhog’s Day", it would look more like "Momento" movie because your memory just resets in a definite time interval.
That is how a teenager, Riley Horner, 16, is living her life now since an incident when she suffered traumatic head injury. Every day Riley wakes up thinking that today is June 11 as her memory really “resets” every two hours.
June 11 is the day her life completely changed when a student kicked her in the head crowd surfing at a dance.
The former athlete and student, from Illinois, in the US, now has to keep detailed notes and photos with her at all times, and has a two-hour timer set on her phone.
Every time the timer goes off, Riley reads back over her notes to remind herself of everything she’s just learned but forgotten, including where her locker is.
“I have a calendar on my door and I look and it’s September and I’m like ‘woah’,” she confesses.
The teenager’s mother, Sarah Horner, said doctors have told her there is “nothing medically wrong”, although she added: “You can’t see a concussion through an MRI or a CT scan.”
“My brother passed away last week and she probably has no idea. We tell her every day but she has no idea about it.”
“The doctors told us that she might just be like this forever and I am not OK with that,” she said.
“I’m not making memories and I’m just really scared,” Riley said.
Riley’s family are hoping to get a diagnosis from someone “who knows a little bit more” by the time it has been six months since the accident happened. Really, call Doctor House.
According to brain injury charity Headway, the greatest visible progress is made in the first six months after a brain injury and then any improvement becomes less obvious.
However, the charity said the common belief that there is a “limited window” for recovery after a brain injury is now known not to be the case, and that people can improve for years afterwards.