Friday, June 11, 2010

Groundhog Day Is Real (for one poor woman)

This is a very strange and difficult to believe story... and it's also very sad for one very unfortunate lady. You see, just like Bill Murray in the 1993 movie, 'Groundhog Day', 47-year old Michelle Philpots from Spalding, England is reliving the same day over and over again - and has been doing so for the past sixteen years.

How is this so, you may ask?? Ms Philpots suffered brain injuries as a result of two separate traffic accidents - a motorbike crash in 1985 and then a car accident in 1990. Following on from this, she was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1994 - the same year that her memory started to wipe itself clean and reset everyday.

Now her husband has to show Ms Philpots their wedding photo album each day, just so that he can prove to her that they were, in fact, married in 1997. The poor woman cannot even make a trip to the local shop without the use of GPS.

The condition first reared it's ugly head when her office colleagues became concerned that she had spent the whole day photocopying the same document repeatedly, not realizing that she had already completed the task.

One way that she tries to deal with this condition is through the use of hundreds of post-it notes.

Although surgeons operated on Ms Philpots brain in 2005 to remove dead and damaged brain cells, she will never again regain her short or long term memories... pretty sad, huh??


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