A woman woke up from her headache treatment 30 years younger, after suffering what doctors are describing as extensive amnesia.
Kim Denicola, a grandmother from Louisiana, suffered from intense headaches and blurry vision during a bible study group in Baton Rouge in Oct. 2018. Denicola would later wake up in the hospital emergency room with no recollection of the last 30 years of life.
“It’s unbelievable to me as it probably is to other people. Never in my wildest dreams did I get up and go to bible study and think I’m going to wake up in the hospital and I’m going to be 60 years old,” Denicola said.
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When she woke up in the emergency room, Denicola thought she was still a teenager back in the 1980s.
“‘Do you know what today is, what year are you in?” Denicola recalled a nurse asking. “I said, ‘Yeah, 1980.’ And she said, ‘Can you tell me who the president is?’ I said, ‘Yes, Ronald Regan.’ And she stopped.”
Not only could she not recollect that the country’s leadership had changed several times, she also had no idea the giant technological leap the world has made.
“TVs are now smart. The TV I remember was a box that sat against a wall that we had to get up and go change the channel,” Denicola told WAFB.
Doctors say Denicola is suffering from extensive amnesia, officially transient global amnesia or TGA. the doctors have still not been able to say what caused Denicola’s condition after several tests and scans.
According to the National Library of Medicine, TGA is a temporary, anterograde amnesia with an acute onset that mostly affects middle-aged individuals and older. The condition usually occurs during strenuous activity, high-stress events or intercourse. The memory loss that comes with the ailment is often temporary and can reoccur.
It’s been five years since she woke up at the emergency room and Denicola’s memory is showing no signs of coming back.
“They told me, if by now I haven’t gotten it, then I probably won’t,” she said.