After a medical procedure resulted in rare, harmful side effects, 16-year-old Chloe Inman was stripped entirely of her memory. The teen felt lost and devastated until a miraculous hug from her 6-year-old brother caused her family memories to come flooding back.
Inman suffered from terrible headaches throughout her life. Just before her 15th birthday, doctors diagnosed her with the neurological disorder Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. As a solution, they performed a lumbar puncture to remove excess fluid from her spine. But rather than the positive results they had hoped for, Inman was struck with a rare case of total amnesia. "It was like a switch was flicked and all my memories just disappeared," she told the .
For two years the teenager struggled to remember the members of her immediate family, and all of the things they used to do together. "It was a weird feeling in my stomach as I felt like I knew them from somewhere but I couldn't think where," she explained. The family says they tried everything, including looking at old family photos, but it was no use; "I knew it was me in them, but I just couldn't remember anything about why I was there," said Inman.
Then one day Inman's then 6-year-old brother Caleb waltzed into her room to give her a big hug. As if the switch had flipped again, every last one of her memories came back to her. There is no medical explanation for the occurrence, but I think it's safe to credit this one to the power of love.
While the memory loss did take a major toll on Inman's high school career, she is doing much better now. The Daily Mail reports that she is currently a performing arts student at City College in Plymouth, Devon, in the U.K. She has been taking the drug acetazolamide to help reduce the fluid in her back. Fortunately, her headaches have subsided in the last year.
Inman plans to raise awareness for her condition, which often goes undiagnosed and untreated.