Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hiot -and -Eun Victim Starts to Remember Life; Steady Recovery for Woman after Weeks in a Coma

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hiot -and -Eun Victim Starts to Remember Life; Steady Recovery for Woman after Weeks in a Coma

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Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER

SLOWLY but surely, Amanda Richards is piecing together who she is.

The 32-year-old was horrifically injured in a hit-and-run accident, spending weeks in a coma on the brink of survival.

When she came round, she was trapped in a timeless world, drifting in and out of her memories of childhood.

But now she is making a miraculous recovery, finally starting to get back the memory doctors feared she might have lost for good.

Speaking for the very first time since her accident, Amanda said: "I feel like I am getting better, although my memory is still patchy.

"What I can remember comes and goes, and it can be frustrating, but I am getting there.

"I want to thank all the doctors and nurses who have helped me so much."

As we reported in the Chronicle, Amanda, from Lobley Hill, Gateshead, was suffering from post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) after being mown down by a car. Her head injuries left her in a state of confusion, unable to remember parts of her life. She regressed into being a 12-year-old girl.

Doctors could do nothing except wait for a breakthrough, hoping one memory would spark a flood of remembrance.

Her heartbroken family feared they had lost their confident, bubbly daughter for ever.

But brave Amanda - also known by her maiden name of Johns - kept fighting and now she has finally broken through the fog of PTA.

Slowly, her memories are coming back and she has even been able to leave hospital for the first time, visiting her family home in Beechwood Gardens.

"Amanda gets better every day," said mam Christine Johns, 54. "She's finally starting to get a bit of her old cheeky self back.

"She came out of PTA, and every time we see her she has got a little bit more of her memory. She can remember back to just before Christmas time.

"She has even been on a couple of home visits overnight, which the doctors hoped would trigger more memories. …

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