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.
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