Memory Loss Woman Hope; RESEARCH OFFERS STEP FORWARD TO BRAIN-DAMAGE VICTIM

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Byline: LAURA CAROE

A WOMAN left with a 10-minute memory after she suffered from an undetected brain haemorrhage has been given a glimmer of hope by scientists.

As reported previously in the Chronicle, Cristina Malcolm needs round-the-clock care after a series of medical mistakes by her GP and two Hospital Trusts left her with acute short-term memory loss.

Now there is fresh hope that the 41-year-old's short-term memory could be improved over time by the help of experts at Leeds University cognitive research unit.

Her devoted and determined husband Sandy, who was Cristina's sole carer for the first five years, said: "It is a great opportunity for us.

"It feels like it is a step forward as this is something we now can do due to the compensation, which could potentially help Cristina."

The couple, who live in Durham City, will be travelling down to the memory centre later this month, where Cristina will have a series of tests to determine which part of her brain is active.

Sandy, 47, said: "They will be looking at what parts of Cristina's brain are active and become active when she is asked certain questions.

"Hopefully tests will find out how her memory works and how it decays. …