A teenager from Illinois wakes up every morning thinking that it is June 11 after she sustained a traumatic head injury during a dance that resets her memory every two hours & # 39;
Riley Horner, 16, danced with her friends at the Future Farms of America State Convention on June 11, when she was accidentally kicked in the head by another student who & # 39; crowd surfing & # 39; used to be.
The doctors of the Monmouth teenager first rejected her head injury as concussion and she was sent home with crutches.
But the Horner family knew something was wrong when they had dozens of attacks and needed numerous follow-up hospital visits, and now Horner is struggling to remember what day it is.
The condition of Horner is just as mysterious to her doctors as it is to her. Hospitals have performed tests, but have not been able to diagnose her condition because she shows no signs of concussions or bleeding and cannot predict when she will recover.
However, research shows that longer periods of life with only short-term memory can cause irreversible brain damage.
Teenage girl Riley Horner, 16 years of age from Illinois, suffers from a short-term memory, waking up and thinking it's 11 June every day and her memory disappears every two hours
On 11 June she was kicked in the head while dancing at the FFA State Convention by a student who was surfing & # 39 ;. At first, doctors thought she had just had a concussion, but then she had dozens of attacks and had to return to the hospital several times
& # 39; I have a calendar at my door and I look and it is September and I am just "woah", the teenager said WQAD, adding the whole experience is like a surreal film, not so different from the plot of the 1993 Groundhog Day film where a weatherman is trapped in a time loop.
But her head injury has confused all her doctors.
& # 39; They tell us that there is nothing medically wrong, & # 39; said Sarah Horner. & # 39; They can't see anything. However, you cannot see concussion on an MRI or a CT scan. There is no brain hemorrhage, there is no tumor. & # 39;
Now Riley, a former athlete and scholar, must use other means to help herself to recall her memories.
The teenager revealed that she now has a notebook, textbook, and pencil all day long to take notes with herself because she can't even remember where her locker is.
A Medical Mystery: Doctors have been unable to diagnose the condition of Riley (left) because tests show no signs of concussion or bleeding.
& # 39; I have a calendar at my door and I look and it is September and I am like "woah," says Riley. & # 39; I don't make memories. I'm just really scared & # 39;
She also uses her phone to take photos of everything and sets an alarm every two hours to polish up information she may have forgotten.
& # 39; I know it is just as difficult for them as it is for me. And people just don't understand. It's like a movie, & Riley said. & # 39; As if I have no memory of (this interview) when it's dinner. & # 39;
& # 39; I don't make memories, & # 39; Riley added. & # 39; And I'm just really scared. & # 39;
While it appears to work as a temporary solution, Riley & # 39; s family fears for her future.
& # 39; My brother passed away last week and she probably has no idea. And we tell it every day, but she has no idea, & Sarah said.
Riley & # 39; s mother Sarah Horner shared this update on Wednesday with the announcement that three months have passed since Riley & # 39; s short-term memory began
Riley pictured with father Jason Horner on this photo on social media
& # 39; (Doctors) told us that maybe she would stay that way forever. And I'm not happy about that, & Riley said Ruthy's mother Sarah.
On Wednesday, Sarah shared an update about the state of Riley on Facebook and said it is now three months since she was suffering from short-term memory and was desperately looking for a cure.
& # 39; Today marks 3 months that Riley doesn't make memories. The story of Riley became viral in 24 hours. We have a few leads, but most are not local, so we try to find the best options. We would love to hear from Utah and Cognitive FX! I keep coming back to them in my head, that they are the best place to try! & # 39; she said.
& # 39; If anyone has directions, give them our story! Keep sharing her story! I want more than anything for Riley to remember her Junior Homecoming, Thanksgiving and Christmas this year! Waking up to Christmas morning, thinking that June 11 just can't happen! Thank you! & # 39; she said.
Three months after her accident, the Horner family is still actively looking for a correct diagnosis.
Sarah says research has shown that six months with short-term memory can cause irreversible brain damage.
& # 39; We need help. We need someone who knows something more because she deserves better. I mean, she wanted to be in the medical field and now she can't even keep a job if she wanted to, & Sarah said.
Riley said she comes forward with her harrowing story to contact others who may be struggling with similar short-term memory symptoms to know that they are not alone.
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