Teen Keeps Thinking It's June 11th After Memory Resets Every 2 Hours Due To Head Injury

Teen Keeps Thinking It's June 11th After Memory Resets Every 2 Hours Due To Head Injury

“I know it’s hard for them as much as it’s hard for me,” Riley said. “People just don’t understand. It’s like a movie.”

An Illinois teenager's memory is bearing the brunt of an accident. A traumatic head injury causes her memory to “reset” every two hours, according to People.

For the past three months, Riley Horner wakes up in the morning believing it’s June 11. She has no memory of what happened the day before or after. “I have a calendar on my door, and I look and it’s September, and I’m like, ‘Whoa,'” Riley told local news outlet WQAD 8. Riley was accidentally kicked in the head by a student “crowd-surfing” during a dance at the FFA State Convention. 


After the incident, Riley’s mother Sarah Horner said that when they went to get it checked out, the doctor sent her home with crutches and diagnosed her with a concussion. However, a distraught Sarah believes it’s more than that, as Riley has experienced “dozens” of seizures and has taken “countless” more trips to the hospital. “They tell us there’s nothing medically wrong,” Sarah said. “They can’t see anything. You can’t see a concussion though on an MRI or a CT scan. There’s no brain bleed, there’s no tumor.”


Riley's new reality has been hard for her as well as her family because almost every new memory since her injury has been wiped from her memory. “My brother passed away last week, and she probably has no idea,” Sarah said. “We tell her every day, but she has no idea about it.” Now, she has to carry detailed notes with her so that when her two-hour timer goes off, she can “brush up” on what she has forgotten — like where her locker is.


“I know it’s hard for them as much as it’s hard for me,” Riley told the outlet. “People just don’t understand. It’s like a movie.” “Like I will have no recollection of [this interview] come suppertime,” Riley added. With each passing day, Riley grows more and more scared as doctors say “she might just be like this forever,” her mother said. “I’m not making memories,” Riley said. “And I’m just like really scared.”


At this time, Riley and Sarah are desperate for help and answers. “We need somebody that knows a little bit more because she deserves better. I mean she wanted to be in the medical field and now she can’t even hold a job if she wanted to,” Sarah explained. Who knew something as simple as going to a dance could do this to you? People sympathized with her and her condition, all over social media. 


Elizabeth Jackson wrote: That's absolutely crazy. That's not a great way to live life at all. I pray that she's able to recover from this injury quickly to lead a normal healthy life. Heather Silber added: Has she tried seeing doctors at The Mayo in Rochester, MN? My thoughts and prayers go out to this young lady and her family. Amy Michelle Stevenson posted:  I pray for some doctor to read this and know exactly what's going on and how to fix it or at least cope with it.


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