On October 12th, 2017, the life of Caitlin Little, from Greensboro in North Carolina, changed forever. The girl, now 16, has fallen victim to what appeared to be a trivial confrontation with a companion during a cross-country race. Since then her memory is “reset” every morning, not allowing her to remember what happened the previous day.
The state of perennial amnesia, accompanied by painful headaches, has become very difficult to manage, for school and for all daily activities, so much so that the family is prompted to consult various experts throughout the United States.
At the beginning, the blow received at the head did not raise any particular concerns, but the mother, Jennifer, immediately realised that something was wrong, noting that her daughter did not remember how to open the car door! In the following days it became clear how Caitlin could not store any new information, from school lessons to fridge foods. Every morning, waking up, she thought she was still the day after the accident. Experts call this particular disorder “anterograde amnesia”, a memory loss that concerns only the experiences that occurred after the trauma and not the previous ones.
The house lined with sticky notes
Parents try to help Caitlin as much as they can: they have papered the house with sticky notes, on which they write all the little things in everyday life that their daughter can’t remember, like clothes to wear or what to eat. Meanwhile, the American media have begun to take an interest in their history and the Fox8television channel has made a series of episodes that follow the evolution of the story. The girl, over the months, has also begun to suffer from migraines that did not even allow her to go to school, a task made already heavy by the loss of memory.
After consulting many doctors, who said they were not very optimistic about the chances of recovery, the family recently decided to take a trip to Texas, where a team of experts will apply an ad hoc therapyfor Caitlin. The costs of travel and care, not covered by medical insurance, have prompted parents to ask for help on GoFundMe, where anyone can make a financial contribution: “We continue to think that faith will guide us on this path we would never have imagined walking – his mother wrote – Thanks to all those who accompany us on this adventure“.