Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Man With No Memory

By the time John Mills finishes reading this article he will not remember how it began. Ten years ago, the former metallurgist, 58, was in hospital having tests for heart problems when he developed a blood clot, prompting a stroke and cardiac arrest. It took doctors half an hour to get him breathing again; the lack of oxygen caused brain damage which has left him with a short-term memory of no more than five minutes.

His plight and that of other victims and their families is in the spotlight with the release of the film Before I Go to Sleep. Based on the 2011 best-selling novel of the same name by SJ Watson, it stars Nicole Kidman as a woman who wakes up each day with no memory. Her husband (Colin Firth) reminds her each morning of the car accident which led to her condition while her doctor, played by Mark Strong, urges Kidman's character to keep a video diary and update it daily so that she can reconstruct her memories.

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