Sometimes, such bizarre things happen that you might think it is all part of a movie plot.
A man who was involved in a car accident six years ago suffered from such a serious brain injury that he is now left with a “six-hour memory”.
The man named Daniel Schmidt had to go through intensive physiotherapy and speech therapy to get back to his old life. However, his memory is still not the way it used to be before the accident.
Now, Daniel is able to remember things for only six hours. If he does not keep notes of places he has visited and people he has met, then he does not remember them after six hours.
“That’s the day I didn’t die. It wasn’t exactly normal that I made it, and that’s why I look at that day in a positive light,” Daniel said in the documentary Living without Memory.
He found out from his notes that he was going to see his sister the day of the accident.
“I was on the motorway. There was a traffic jam and I was the last one to join it. I was sitting there and then a car came up behind me, it was a big seven-seater with a young family inside, and the driver didn’t see the traffic jam at all,” he said.
Daniel added, “He smashed into me at over 80mph. The entire motorway was closed. There were a lot of injuries, but they weren’t too serious. I was airlifted to the hospital. I suffered a severe traumatic brain injury – they call it a level three TBI.”
Now, due to the accident, Daniel has to keep a well-detailed diary that helps him get by in life.
This also had an impact on his personal relationships as well. He split up with his then-girlfriend and has grown apart from his friends as he no longer remembered them. He’s unable to share memories of the time he has spent with people.
When he met his former partner Katharina, he told her about the crash and said that they had to get in touch by the third day or he’d forget her.
“I’d need to get in touch by the third day at the latest. I’d need to hear her voice or we’d need to talk, and above all, see each other. Otherwise, it would be like meeting her for the first time,” he said.
A few years ago, when Daniel and Katharina had a baby boy, there were more challenges. He doesn’t remember his son growing up. “I can’t remember my son’s birth, and that’s really horrible,” he said.
Daniel has dedicated his life to helping people with similar conditions.
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