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Memory loss: 37-year-old man wakes up thinking he’s 16

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Daniel Porter, 37, woke up one day thinking that he was 16 and it was time to get ready for school. He did not remember that he was married and had a daughter.

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Daniel Porter, a hearing specialist, from Granbury in the US state of Texas, woke up in his bed just like any other morning in July last year, only something was wrong.

He thought he was 16 and it was time to go to school, and he had no memory of his wife lying next to him or their daughter Libby, 10, Daily Mail reported.

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He even became angry when he first looked in the mirror, asking why he was ‘old and fat’.

Ruth was forced to convince Daniel that he hadn’t been kidnapped and that she was his wife with the help of his parents.

Ruth had a hard time convincing him that she was his wife.

“He woke up one morning and just had no idea who I was or where he was. He was very confused. I could tell he didn’t recognise the room. He thought he was either drunk and gone home with a woman or that he’d been kidnapped. I could see him looking for an escape route,” Ruth was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

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Daniel referred to a WWE programme and when Ruth researched its on-air date, she found out that he thought it was the 90s.

He had lost all memory of his education he got after high-school so he had to quit working as a trained hearing specialist.

Credit: Daniel Porter

Doctors diagnosed that he was suffering Transient Global Amnesia, a sudden, temporary interruption of short-term memory. They don’t know exactly what triggered Daniel’s severe amnesia, but they suspect that it was a side-effect of emotional stress.

Ruth said Daniel’s personality was different after memory loss, his food preferences were different, and he was more friendly and sociable.

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Ruth said:’He holds a cane and walks a bit like an old man. He treated it for about 6 months, and everything else in a row, and it just seemed to bang the memory of just 20 years, saying his brain didn’t want to do it anymore. ..

“I knew that when people experienced trauma, they could lose their memory, but I didn’t know that it could cause 20 years of memory loss. did.

“He goes to treatment to see if overcoming trauma helps, but it’s hard to solve what you don’t remember.”

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, a website he created in 2013.