Five things you may not have known about the brain ("must miss" system)
Imagine a situation where you get up every morning as if no day had passed.
That's what happened to Riley Horner, whose brain reset every two hours after suffering a traumatic concussion and she woke up every morning since June 11, 2019, thinking it was still June 11, 2019. On that date, the girl was rushed to the hospital after attending a mass
dance in Springfield, Illinois, where she fell A boy who did crowd surfing and landed on her.
The young woman underwent several tests that did not arouse the suspicion of the doctors who sent her home.
Within just a few hours of leaving the hospital, Riley had a series of 30 to 45 seizures, according to her mother Sarah.
The next morning, she woke up, then 16, and it was as if the traumatic events of the previous day had never happened.
As far as she knew, it was June 11th, and she was going to go dancing that night.
In the days that followed, her memory continued to reset to this date every two hours.
When she finally realized it wasn't the date, she would go to her phone and find countless updates in her Notes app to update her on everything that had happened since the accident.
After searching for a doctor who could help with Riley's medical anomaly, her family eventually found a team in the US state of Utah who could diagnose her through a series of tests. It turned out that Riley had suffered a severe concussion that other evaluations had missed, and suffered a TBI (traumatic brain injury). The injury affected Riley's ability to focus, prioritize, focus, and store information.
When Riley finally received this diagnosis, specialists were able to put together a program to help her improve her memory. Within just one week of treatment, Riley began forming her first new memories—although she still Couldn't remember anything that happened between June 11, 2019 and December 2019.
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Before the accident, when she was a junior in high school, Riley was an excellent student, and dreamed of becoming a doctor.
But all seemed lost when she lost her memories and could barely remember anything from her lessons.
"If she goes to college, she won't know where her dorm room is. She won't know where her classes are," Riley's mother Sarah worried back in 2019.
But there have been some very positive developments since then.
Thanks to Cognitive FX therapy, Riley was able to retain enough memories to get her through nursing school.
In an update her mother posted just last month, she revealed: "She's had a very rough couple of semesters, but she's made it. "Actually when I wrote this, I was in the car going to graduation!!!
She passed her course in nursing.”
Riley is still being treated for her seizures, and will probably never be the same again, but she and her family try to focus on the small joys.