After she forgot the memories of her life following a nosebleed, Sophie’s boyfriend had to redo all their dates to make her fall in love with him again.
Twenty-six-year-old Sophie Clayton had a nosebleed in November 2019 which set in motion a very rare condition that disconnected her brain from the rest of her nervous system.
Within no time, all her memories ranging from her phone’s pin code to her own name were erased from her mind. The damage was done even before she could reach the hospital.
As Sophie started to recover, she regained some of her memories, but all the things related to her boyfriend Jonathan Wilson were totally obliterated.
The two-and-a-half years they were together were gone from her mind.
It might look a bit too Hollywood, but Jonathan had to do their first date again and win his girl’s heart for the second time. It’s kinda cool though, to fall in love with the love of your life again.
Jonathan, committed to winning Sophie’s heart, made photo albums of their time together and took her to the places related to their best memories together.
He started by taking Sophie to the same place in Kew Gardens, southwest London, where he first asked her to be his girlfriend. He tried his best to fill in her lost memories and bring her love for him back.
Sophie, from Surrey, is on the slow path to recovery and she’s falling in love with Jonathan again as she’s getting her life together.
Sophie, an emergency resource dispatcher, told LADBible: “My friends have said that our relationship is just like 50 First Dates and I can definitely see the resemblance!
“When everything happened, I felt shocked, confused and sad knowing I had forgotten everything and especially not knowing why.
“I feel so upset that I’ve lost 26 years of memories that made me the person I am but I’m looking forward to recreating new ones with everyone I love.
“I’m falling back in love with Jonathan all over again which is so lovely.
“Although I am sad that I have forgotten all these things that I’ve done before, it is quite special getting to see things for the first time with Jonathan.
“Just the other day, he took me to see the beach for the ‘first’ time – it was amazing.”
Sophie lives with her parents in Surrey. It was a routine day for her and she was getting ready for work when her nose started bleeding on November 6, 2019.
Sophie explained: “I don’t normally have nosebleeds, but I didn’t think it was really anything to worry about.
“My nose had been bleeding for about 15 to 20 minutes and I was waiting in the kitchen with my mum for it to stop when blood suddenly started pouring out of my left eye.
“Mum sat me down on the kitchen floor and my left side went completely weak.
“She phoned for an ambulance as she thought I’d had a stroke and I asked her for my phone so I could ring work and let them know I wouldn’t be coming in.
“Mum gave me my phone and I went to type my PIN in to unlock the screen and I just couldn’t remember the numbers – my mind had gone blank.
“I was still trying to remember when the ambulance arrived a few minutes later and they asked me a few things like what the date was and I couldn’t tell them.
“I couldn’t even remember what my name was when they asked me – it was terrifying.”
Sophie was shifted to St. George’s Hospital, London where she had to undergo a CT scan and some blood tests as the medical staff suspected she might have had a stroke.
The tests revealed that Sophie had FND, functional neurological disorder, a disease that impairs the nervous connection between the body and the brain.
Sophie’s brain had pressure on it before her nose bled. Once her nose started bleeding, the pressure on her brain was released and this triggered FND.
Sophie continued: “It was like my brain had been wiped clean, I couldn’t remember anything, I had no idea who anybody was, and I didn’t even know my name or how old I was.
“A man came into the hospital to see me and I said ‘I don’t know who he is’ – it turned out to be my dad. As mum had been with me all the time, I knew that I must know her but I didn’t recognize that she was my mum.
“Jonathan was the last person I had texted, so I think I knew I had a boyfriend but not who he was exactly – I just kept asking my mum if she’d told ‘that man’ what had happened.
“When he arrived at the ward and my mum introduced us, I instantly started crying because I was so desperate to remember him but I couldn’t.”
She added: “Jonathan told me that he loved me and I said that I loved him too, and then he held my hand whilst my dad explained everything the doctors had said so far.
“The past 26 years of my life had just disappeared from my memory. I had no recollection of who I was before waking up in the hospital.
“I was in a room full of strangers including myself and it was absolutely terrifying.”
After the diagnosis by the medical staff, Sophie had to remain hospitalized for four days and get physiotherapy sessions.
As Sophie can’t remember a single thing from her two-and-a-half-year relationship with Jonathan, her beloved boyfriend is doing all that he can to revive the memories of their relationship in Sophie’s mind.
Jonathan explained his side of the story, saying: “It was absolutely devastating learning what happened to Sophie. The feeling of helplessness was definitely present and being unable to help her or do anything was horrendous.
“I was really nervous and anxious driving up to the hospital to see her for the first time. The worst moment was when Julie [Sophie’s mum] introduced me to Sophie saying I was her boyfriend.
“That’s when realization really started to hit home that she had completely lost her memory. This has been a challenging time for us both.
“We’ve shared some amazing memories together and Sophie losing her memory means she has completely forgotten everything we’ve done, so it has been lovely reminiscing on our relationship and all the great times we’ve shared together.
“I am just grateful to have Sophie and grateful that she still has her personality and smile!”