A grandmother has been forced to ‘re-remember’ her entire life after a stroke wiped her memory.
Pauline Beal cannot even remember her husband of 38 years, Andrew, and is having to get to know her four children and ten grandchildren from scratch.
The 55-year-old from Oxford suffered a stroke in Majorca in June and woke up in hospital ten days later without any memories.
Andrew said: ‘I’ve shown her hundreds of photos of holidays, the kids and grandchildren and not one thing registered. It’s horrible.
‘She cries every night because she doesn’t remember anything.’
‘When I say nothing, I do mean nothing. She couldn’t tell you anything about me or her family.’
The 59-year-old added: ‘I’ve shown her pictures of her wedding, I’ve taken her to the church, – nothing. She doesn’t know where she lived, nothing about herself.’
‘Doctors are not sure if Pauline will ever regain her lost memories. The specialist said her memory may never come back, and if it does it could be years.
‘It’s so rare for this to happen. Feelings have gone, everything. She says she loves me, but I had to explain to her what love meant.’
Tragically Pauline cannot even remember how to do the simplest tasks.
Andrew said: ‘I had to show her how to cook and she just looked at me blankly. I had a frying pan in hand and she didn’t know what it was.
‘I can’t let her out on her own because she doesn’t know where to go.’
Former supermarket worker Pauline showed no signs of illness before she had her stroke as ‘it came out of the blue’.
Pauline had to have speech therapy sessions after she woke up and now 95% of her speech has returned.
However, her loving husband and family are committed to ensuring they are there every step of her recovery.