Talk about true love. After a terrible accident, this woman lost her memory. Her fiancé has been with her ever since recreating old and new memories ever since every single day.
For all those who saw the romantic-comedy 50 First Dates and thought that it was a really cute movie and what Adam Sandler does for Drew Barrymore in the film proves that he was the best husband in the world. Did you think that was true love? Well, there's a couple in Japan that is going through a similar situation. A 22-year-old man called Li Huayu in Japan wakes up every day and starts working on trying to make his 24-year-old fiancée Maruyama fall in love with him all over again every single day for the last two months. Maruyama met with an accident that left her with several injuries and led to her suffering from a serious case of amnesia reports People. Putting in all the hard work seems to be worth it and the thought of stopping it has never crossed his mind.
The accident took place in February last year. Maruyama was riding her bicycle to work and was hit by a car on the streets. The accident took place just five months before she and Li Huayu were to be married. After the accident took place, she suffered from multiple head injuries and was diagnosed with a severe case of amnesia, so much so that she failed to remember even her own family, and did not know what 'family' meant. The couple was interviewed recently on a Japanese TV show called TBS' Yume Special.
"The doctor has yet to inform me, it is difficult to know if my memory will return," she explained. "I live my life day-by-day. My boyfriend and I were scheduled to get married. However, we had to postpone it." Amnesia refers to a loss in memory where people find it hard or sometimes impossible to remember facts, information, and experiences. People usually know who they are but tend to forget what they look like and have trouble in learning new information and retaining memories.
Amnesia is caused by damage to several parts of the brain that are important for creating and restoring memory and there is no specific treatment for this condition as of yet. Victims suffering from this disorder usually have trouble in creating short term memories (that are later converted into long term memories). The patients may be able to recall a few habits, certain information, and may be able to recall a few memories, like childhood memories. In the case of Maruyama, the case was so severe that she often found it hard to even remember what she looked like.
She said that she able to recall how a few physical activities were done like going to the bathroom and basic activities like that, which she learned as a baby. "I don’t remember what I look like," she said during the TBS special. "So I look in the mirror and tell myself, 'Oh, this is my face.' What I do remember is what my body remembers. For example, when you use the restroom, I can do that. The most helpful was I remembered how to use my cellphone." She spoke about how every day felt like a new day because she couldn't remember what happened the day before. Every time she woke up she was starting over again.
"It used to be that I forgot what happened the day before so every day was a reset," she said. "For about two months, I was resetting every day." Every time she saw Li, she was unsure of his role in her life and often wondered if he was even her friend. During the two months, Li did his best to be supportive of her and help her through every single day. After a few weeks of trying, she told Li that it would be best for him to end the relationship and move on with his life but he convinced her that their love was strong enough to get him through this every single day. He wanted to stay by her side.
"He liked how I used to be and he told me, 'I like the way you are now.' He was the only one who told me that," said Maruyama. "That’s when I remember how it felt to like someone. I want to tell him I fell in love with you all over again, for the second time." Based on the advice she was given by the doctors, Maruyama keeps a daily journal now, which she fills up before every night before she sleeps, and this helps her get through every day. She doesn't freak out for as long as she used to because of that and isn't left super confused every time she wakes up.
"I wasn’t the girl I used to be. I was hesitant but he told me, 'If you don’t have memories, we can make new ones,'" she said. Every single morning Li would begin his routine of meeting Maruyama and reminding her who he was and how they fell in love and all about their time together. He then tells her about what happened and how they landed up in this situation. Seeing his commitment, Maruyama proposed to Li once again and proved to him that her love for him hasn't gone away. So she enlisted the show to help her propose to him at Disneyland, the place where everyone helps you in making your dreams come true.
"My doctor has told me due to my amnesia my memory loss may be irreversible, there’s a 50 percent chance," Maruyama said in her proposal, which was filmed by the show. "Despite that, will you be with me?" Li was moved by the proposal and agreed to marry her. "I promise to not go anywhere and she will be well taken care of by me," Li said on the show. "There’s a possibility that she may forget again or she may remember like she has been. But even if she loses her memory again, I won’t leave her side. I chose her."