May 22, 2011
College Degree 2 Decades After Total Memory Loss

23 years ago Su Meck lost her memories at age 22 from a head trauma.

Consider Su Meck. The 45-year-old homemaker from Gaithersburg graduated Friday from Montgomery College with an associate degree in music. Itís the culmination of a life that, in most senses of the word, began at 22.

So complete retrograde amnesia can happen in real life.

In February 1988, a ceiling fan fell on Meckís head. The blow erased her memory, and she awoke after a week in a coma with the mental capacity of a young child. She no longer knew her husband or her two baby sons. She barely spoke and could not read or write, walk or eat, dress or drive.

Imagine trying to come back from that. For weeks she could not even form new memories. Even today she learns slowly. So her memory formation circuitry is damaged.

Read the whole thing. Inspiring and yet scary.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2011 May 22 09:59 AM  Brain Memory

PacRim Jim said at May 22, 2011 11:51 PM:

Imagine having to reboot daily with Alzheimer's.
You would only need one book.

BioBob said at May 23, 2011 11:09 PM:

I forget ---- which book would that be ?

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