The Kids With No Memory

The Kids With No Memory

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In Britain thousands of teens are battling with a debilitating memory disorder every day. The amnesia kicks in as soon as they wake up. They cannot remember simple daily routines such as brushing their teeth, eating breakfast or even taking their clothes off before a shower. From school and sports to shopping and dating, everyday activities present a heartbreaking daily struggle for young amnesiacs.

Our documentary follows the story of three teenagers 19 year old Ricky, 18 year old Rosie and 14 year old Sam, who all suffer from brain injuries, as they attend a unique 'memory camp' in Yorkshire. Can the camp help transform their lives?

In the run-up to the summer camp, we see the three young amnesiacs in their day-to-day lives, witnessing the huge challenges that they and their families face. Things that most teenagers take for granted can be immensely difficult for these extraordinary young people, and their families are hoping that the camp can help.

At the camp, the teens are assigned activities specifically designed to improve their amnesia. Falconry, for example, gives them physical contact with another living creature, which many amnesiacs find challenging. Teenager Rosie goes horse riding, a skill that she once possessed, and is surprised to find that she can still remember it through instincts alone.

The summer camp may not be able to cure the teens' memory problems, but through it they will acquire new skills, friends and experiences that could improve the quality of their lives forever.

Comments (11)

  • Louise

    11 days ago

    Louise

    Great show. I can relate to this as well as I have Post Concussion Syndrome (also known as acquired minor Traumatic Brain Injury) for the last 1yr 9mths. I am lucky that my memory is improving and my 2 pages of symptoms are very slowly decreasing. Best of luck to everyone and believe you will get better :-)

  • john quayle

    30 days ago

    john quayle

    i can so relate to all of this, i had encephalitis when i was 3,and cannot remember the first 7 years of my life.Such i good doc,,,,many thanks

  • Bonnie

    5 months ago

    Bonnie

    A great show!! I could relate to it a lot. I had encephalitis 18 months ago & when I woke up I couldn't even remember my own children's names. It's nice to know i'm not alone, and that things can get back to a variation of normal. We just have to find a new path and new ways to get there ! :-)

  • tvman3

    8 months ago

    tvman3

    heartwarming show

  • MENCAP

    8 months ago

    MENCAP

    MENCAP A long while ago I had a motor cycle accident in 1982 and I suffered headaches and severe memory loss when I had my accident I was epileptic but I was sure that did not explain my memory loss my father recommended stress classes and to deal with depression but this explains many things that were not known to me then I suffered a funny walk and experienced tempers I could not understand I experienced a great short term memory loss and no one wanted to understand me I felt very alone but this programme has highlighted lots to me and given me a completely new understanding to what really happened at work I was given tasks and forgot them but if I had known then what I know now I would not have suffered depression but like the lady who completed hairdressing I would have learnt to deal with it. Many thanks hope there is a new programme soon

  • MENCAP

    8 months ago

    MENCAP

    mencap a long while ago I had a motor cycle accident in 1982 and I suffered headaches and severe memory loss when I had my accident I was epileptic but I was sure that did not explain my memory loss my father recommended stress classes and to deal with depression but this explains many things that were not known to me then I suffered a funny walk and experienced tempers I could not understand I experienced a great short term memory loss and no one wanted to understand me I felt very alone but this programme has highlighted lots to me and given me a completely new understanding to what really happened at work I was given tasks and forgot them but if I had known then what I know now I would not have suffered depression but like the lady who completed hairdressing I would have learnt to deal with it. Many thanks hope there is a new programme soon

  • Pete Empson

    9 months ago

    Pete Empson

    Interesting documentary.

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  • anymore

    9 months ago

    anymore

    will there be another show?

  • bernberg

    9 months ago

    bernberg

    Great Show

  • Steamsearcher

    9 months ago

    Steamsearcher

    On the 20th of April this year, my wife was diagnosed with Enchephalitis after I took her to the out of hours service having noticed that something was seriously wrong that day with her. I read later that a quick reaction and taking to medical help is vital in these cases. This means that three months on she is progressing well. We have had excelent service from The Royal Berkshire Hospital where I have just spent yet another afternoon and evening and had to use catch up which is so very useful. I feel it is such a shame that the local paper wrote that the A & E did not meet its targets during April. Well they exceeded them for us and the others in the 4 wards that she has been in during her time. I enjoyed the film and it gave me hope for the future and the fact that we are not alone facing problems.

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