A SCHOOLGIRL has told how she wakes up every morning thinking it’s June 11 – the day she suffered a horrific brain injury.
Riley Horner’s memory resets every two hours after she was accidentally kicked in the head at a dance.
Riley Horner, 16, has a memory span lasting just two hours before it ‘resets’[/caption]
The schoolgirl suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was accidentally kicked in the head at a dance on June 11[/caption]
The 16-year-old has since been unable to remember what date it is – and even forgets what she was doing just hours earlier.
She told WQAD this week: “I have a calendar on my door and I look and it’s September and I’m like ‘Whoa!’
“People don’t understand – it’s like a movie.”
Her mystery condition has been likened to the 1993 film Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.
In the film, Murray’s character, TV Weatherman Phil Connors, repeatedly relives the same day over and over again.
DESPERATE FOR ANSWERS
Riley – a high school student from Monmouth, Illinois – and her family are desperate for answers after doctors were left baffled.
Her distraught mum Sarah Horner said: “They tell us there’s nothing medically wrong.
“They can’t see anything. You can’t see a concussion, though, on an MRI or a CT scan.
“There’s no brain bleed, there’s no tumour.”
The former cheerleader now has to constantly write things in a notebook just to function.
She also takes photos on her phone so she can remember basic things like where her locker is.
And her condition also means she has no recollection of major family events.
Mrs Horner told the station: “My brother passed away last week and she probably has no idea.”
Holding back tears, she added: “We tell her every day but she has no idea about it.”
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Riley’s family fears for her future after being warned her short-term memory could be a lifelong problem.
Mrs Horner added: “I am not okay with that.
“We need help. We need somebody that knows a little bit more because she deserves better.”
Former cheerleader Riley wakes up every day thinking it’s June 11 – the day she suffered her brain trauma[/caption]
Riley’s mum Sarah Horner told of her frustration as medics have been left baffled by her daughter’s condition[/caption]
Riley has to make detailed notes just to get through the day – reminding her of basic information like the location of her school locker[/caption]
- Parts of this article originally appeared on the New York Post
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