Every day for Riley Horner – June 11 – the day when she received a head injury.
When a teenager from Kirkland in Illinois wakes up in her bedroom, her first feeling is confusion. Riley explains: “On my door hangs a calendar. I look at him and see “September” and I say “Wow””.
“When she wakes up each morning, she thinks that today is June 11,”– adds the girl’s mother, Sarah Horner. Exactly 11 Jun Riley accidentally kicked in the head while “crowd-surfing” while dancing at the FFA State Convention.
However, after countless visits to the hospital the symptoms Riley is still a medical mystery. Sarah says that the first girl’s doctor called her condition a concussion and was just sent home on crutches. “They claim that from a medical point of view there is no problem”, adds Sarah. “They can’t find anything. A concussion cannot be seen on MRI or CT scanning. No brain hemorrhage or tumor”.
Even the simplest moments of life are erased from the memory of the girls. Riley always carries a Notepad and pencil, because you can’t even remember where her locker with things at school. To continue to learn, Riley has to leave myself detailed notes. They photographed them on the phone and sets the alarm every 2 hours to refresh what I have forgotten.
Sarah says: “My brother died last week, and she probably has no idea. We say it every day, but she remembers”.
“I know it is hard for them as well as I do. And people just don’t understand. I can’t even remember about this interview during the dinner”, says Riley.
The injury changed everything for the former athlete and the diligent student. “The doctors say she could stay like this forever. But it doesn’t suit me”, says Sarah, with tears in his eyes. “I have no new memories. And I’m really scared,”adds the girl.
Now the family is desperately keen to Riley was diagnosed until it was too late. Sarah explains that, according to the study, 6 months use only short-term memory can lead to irreversible damage. “We need help. We need someone that knows a little more, because she deserves the best. She wanted to work in the field of medicine, but now she can’t hold a job, even if I wanted to”.
Riley, on the other hand, says she just wants everyone who is experiencing similar symptoms, know that they are not alone.