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Barmaid, 29, with severe amnesia regularly wakes up believing she is SIX years old again

Barmaid, 29, with severe amnesia frequently wakes up thinking she’s SIX years old again… and her doting fiancé is actually her sinister KIDNAPPER

  • Chloe, 29, said she thought her fiancé was a pedophile who kidnapped her
  • Leicestershire barmaid threatened partner James, 39, with a key
  • The amnesia happens every few months and they can strike at any time
  • Chloe added that the episodes vary and that ‘I can go back to any age’

A barmaid with severe amnesia says she frequently wakes up thinking she’s only six years old… and that her doting partner is her sinister kidnapper.

Chloe Barnard, 29, loses years of memories overnight and sometimes even accuses her doting partner of being a pedophile for nine years.

Chloe’s memories usually come back within 24 hours, but James, 39, must try to calm her down if she forgets who he is.

On some occasions, Chloe, from Leicestershire, has even threatened James with a wrench and told strangers to call the police to help her.

Chloe has a rare brain condition believed to be caused by a stroke.

She said the episodes of amnesia were random and could trace her back to different periods in her life.

Chloe, 29, says fiancé James, 39, 'is handling it very well, but he does worry about it.  I couldn't imagine caring for someone going through this.”

Chloe, 29, says fiancé James, 39, ‘is handling it very well, but he does worry about it. I couldn’t imagine caring for someone going through this.”

Chloe suffered a stroke when she was 19, which doctors say is the cause of her memory loss, which she experiences every few months

Chloe suffered a stroke when she was 19, which doctors say is the cause of her memory loss, which she experiences every few months

Chloe said, ‘I can go back to any age. I am six years old again. That was horrifying.

During an episode of amnesia, Chloe thought she was a teenager again and wanted to call the police to get away from James until her mom could calm her down

During an episode of amnesia, Chloe thought she was a teenager again and wanted to call the police to get away from James until her mom could calm her down

“One night James and I had a shed that wasn’t huge, but I’d gone to bed because I was with him and something woke me up.

‘I went down and there was a stair gate, I didn’t recognize the house, but I thought ‘it must be mine, because there is a staircase and I’m only six.’

“My partner was sitting on the couch with the dog, which I didn’t know was mine. I sat on the stairs and said ‘who are you and who is the dog? I want my mommy and my daddy.’

“He knew what to do and not panic. He took me back upstairs and went to bed completely naked and told me to go to bed. I told him I wasn’t going to bed with a pedo and that I want my mom and dad. I stood there with my grandmother’s teddy bear.

Chloe (pictured as a child) says she thought she was years younger and has forgotten everything that's happened since she was struck by bouts of amnesia

Chloe (pictured as a child) says she thought she was years younger and has forgotten everything that’s happened since she was struck by bouts of amnesia

What is amnesia?

Amnesia is an umbrella term for when a person can no longer recall information stored as memory or create new memories in the future.

In most cases, it is caused by brain damage, disease, or psychological trauma.

The phenomenon is difficult to prove, because brain scans do not show structural changes in many types of memory loss, such as transient global amnesia (TGA).

This type of amnesia includes the sudden, temporary loss of memory, in addition to repeated questions, with no neurological cause.

It is most common in middle-aged and elderly adults.

Although unclear, TGA is believed to be caused by obstruction of blood flow in brain structures critical to memory, leading to a reduction in oxygen supply and subsequent decreased activity in those brain regions.

TGA is more common in people who suffer from migraines or epilepsy.

Known triggers of the condition include sex, stress, pain, and exposure to hot and cold temperatures.

In most cases, memory loss resolves on its own without treatment.

“I tried to call the police, but he took my phone. I didn’t want him to touch me. I grabbed a wrench so I knew I could hurt him if I needed to.

“He asked what I was going to do with it and I said if he came near me I would hit him with it and I wanted my mommy and daddy.

“He calmed me down and said, ‘I know your mommy and daddy’. We called them and they explained it and when I woke up the next morning I was all right.”

Chloe also said she once thought she was 16 years old when she thought James kidnapped her and had to be convinced by her mother that everything was okay. She said that when she fell asleep afterwards, she thought she was 19 until the amnesia subsided and she remembered who she was.

She added that she experiences the episodes every few months, often triggered by stress or lack of sleep. Doctors suspect they may be linked to a stroke she had when she was 19.

Chloe says she realizes that sleep is an important factor in avoiding the episodes, but it could happen at any time.

She said: ‘The consultant told me that normally it only happens twice in a person’s life, but it happens every few months [for me]†

“The more sleep I get, the more it brings me, and they say stress is a factor. They’re not sure if it’s related to my stroke, but if there is, it took six years for it to start happening.

“I’ll just have to deal with it, but it’s going to devastate you, it could take a whole week to recover.

“James is handling it very well, but he is concerned about it. I couldn’t imagine caring for someone going through this.”

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