For a change, an inspiring human-interest story from the Washington Post:
In February 1988, a ceiling fan fell on [Su] Meck’s 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.But apparently the original Su knew how to pick 'em. Something wonderful, not stressed by Post writer Daniel de Vise, is the way Jim Meck stuck with his wife through it all. In this era of disposable relationships and casual betrayal, his loyalty is worth noting. Read the whole thing.
“It was Su 2.0,” said Jim Meck, her husband, a systems engineer. “She had rebooted.” [. . .]
An MRI exam showed her brain suffused with cracks, “like shaken Jell-O,” her husband was told. The injury left her with complete retrograde amnesia, the inability to remember the past, a condition sometimes called Hollywood amnesia because it seldom happens outside the movies.
“It was literally like she had died,” Jim said. “Her personality was gone.”
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