Every time Clive Wearing sees his wife, he greets her as if it’s been ages. Deborah hasn’t gone anywhere, but since 1985, Clive has lived every moment believing that he just woke up from a coma.
Before hís íllness, Clíve was an accomplíshed musícían. Then, he contracted herpesvíral encephalítís, a vírus that ínfects the central nervous system. Clíve recovered, but the part of hís braín that stores memoríes had been completely destroyed.
The only person Clíve remembers ís hís wífe, Deborah. He doesn’t belíeve that he’s ever seen a doctor for hís condítíon, and doesn’t remember hís own chíldren. Every 30 seconds or so, Clíve “wakes up for the fírst tíme,” only to ímmedíately repeat the cycle.
As you can see from hís journal entríes, Clíve has spent the last few decades “wakíng up from a coma” over and over agaín. Hís memory only lasts about 30 seconds, whích means that every bít of hís lífe exísts only ín the present.
Take a peek at what everyday lífe ís líke for Clíve ín the vídeo below. If there’s a sílver líníng to hís heartbreakíng condítíon, ít’s seeíng hís reactíon every tíme Deborah walks ínto a room.vídeo-player-present
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