A “real-life 50 First Dates” teenager who forgets what she did every day for the past five years and has to be told what she did is slowly getting her memory back.
Caitlin Little, who was 19 at the time, was training for a running race when she got hit in the head by a teammate. This caused her to have anterograde amnesia.
Drew Barrymore’s character in the hit 2004 movie gave the condition a lot of attention. It means that she forgets every day and can’t make new memories since October 12, 2017.
But the teen’s memories are starting to come back, and she just ran a 5K race, which she would never have been able to do before.
Caitlin from North Carolina, US, is getting better, and her parents said it felt like a “miracle” to see her getting better from the injury she got when she was in Southeast Guilford High School in Greensboro.
She was only 14 years old at the time, and she was practicing for a cross-country run when a teammate slipped and fell into her, hitting her in the head.
Caitlin was awake the whole time, but she got confused later and had to ask her mom how to open the car door.
Her parents were worried about her, so they took her to the hospital. There, she was soon given a rare diagnosis.
Caitlin told WGHP, a local radio station, that she had to be there “”very organized” to help him deal, and he added, “So I have a lot of Post-It notes that say things like “Hey, let’s do this” or “This is new” to help me out. So it’s not as hard as I thought it would be if they weren’t there.”
The Little family has a routine like the one in 50 First Dates. Every day, Caitlin’s dad, Chris, wakes her up and tells her what’s been going on.
Jennifer, her mother, added: “She had to believe in us so that she could keep fighting and looking. If the injured person you’re trying to help isn’t willing to work with you, it’s almost impossible.”
The NHS says that anterograde amnesia is when you have trouble remembering things that happened after you got a brain injury or had a brain tumor.
They said that the problem can make it hard to learn new things or remember people you’ve met since you’ve had it.