Being stuck in a time loop to relive the same day, again and again, has been the preserve of many science fiction films and tv seasons. The best example of such a phenomenon is the 1993 fantasy film Groundhog Day.
Now, imagine the fictional phenomenon in a real-life situation. Things would certainly become catastrophic.
That’s exactly what a teenager from Illinois has been experiencing for the past few months. Riley Horner thinks it’s June 11 every day as her memory resets every two hours. The condition was the result of a traumatic brain injury that she suffered after getting kicked in the head during a dance class.
Horner said she has visited many hospitals to find a cure for her condition. But her doctors have not been able to determine the real cause.
“I have a calendar on my door and I look and it’s September and I’m like, ‘Whoa!’ People don’t understand – it’s like a movie,” Horner told WQAD.
“I’m not making memories and I’m just really scared. I will have no recollection of this [interview] come supper time. My mum will say, ‘Oh you were on the news’,” she added.
Horner’s mother said several doctors have told the family that nothing is medically wrong with their daughter. “They can’t see anything. You can’t see a concussion, though, on an MRI or a CT scan. There’s no brain bleed, there’s no tumor,” said Sarah Horner.
Horner has to repeatedly write details in a notebook in order to remember important details. She also takes photos of items and on her phone so she can remember them later. Sometimes, she even finds it difficult to find her own locker in school.
After the doctors said the condition could be permanent, Sarah began appealing to the public to give her some answers.