Doctors have warned that a man found in Peterborough who cannot remember his own name faces a long road to recovery even once his identity has been established. They launched an appeal after a man, named Robert by medics, was found in a park suffering from a severe case of amnesia.
He cannot recall any details of his life including his name, age or where he is from. The only hints of his previous life are an Eastern European accent and understanding of Lithuanian and Russian along with his sporting ability, with him showing skills at basketball, tennis and football.
Nearly two months since he was found Robert, who is fluent in English, has shown no signs of improvement. Dr Manaan Kar Ray said that cases of short-lived amnesia were relatively common and could result from severe trauma, some kind of seizure, severe depression or a suicide attempt.
However, the duration of Robert's condition is far more unusual and does not fit conventional explanations.
The case is the first of its kind the doctor has come across in a 15-year career.
_ "When we do get a name that will be the beginning of the journey and the challenge will be how we integrate autobiographical memory back into Robert and how he deals with it._
Part of Robert's treatment involves taking him back to where he was found along with towns with large Eastern European populations, such as Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, to see if it jogs his memory.
There's an appeal for help to identify a man who was found in Peterborough 2 months ago with severe amnesia.
"Robert" as he's been called by staff at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust who are caring for him, has no memory of who he is, his name, age, or where he comes from.
He speaks English, but it may be a second language. He also understands Russian and Lithuanian.
After two months there is still no sign or improvement in his condition and he had now personal details on him when he was found in a park in Peterborough on 18th May.
'Robert" has no physical injuries and is being cared for at the Cavell Centre, which cares for people with mental health conditions.
Dr Manaan Kar-Ray, Clinical Director of Acute Care said. "Amnesia can last for anything from a few hours to a number of weeks.
"Clearly this is very upsetting for him as he cannot recall any details of his life. We have made strenuous efforts to help him with his memory, including taking him back to where he was found, but nothing has been successful so far. Understandably, he is now getting very frustrated."
The inquest into the death of 38-year-old Edward Gillespie from Luton has been opened and adjourned. Mr Gillespie went missing following an office party at Roydon Marina before Christmas. His body was recovered from the water on January 26.
His mother paid tribute to him, saying: "No words can express my feelings at the moment. I doubt if I will ever come to terms with the loss of Ed but I have drawn some small comfort over the past weeks from the kindness and help that so many people have shown me.
I would like to thank the police for everything they have done since Ed first went missing and everyone else who helped in the search for him. I would also like to thank people for their thoughts and prayers and the support of all Edward's friends."