Woman With No Short Term Memory Lives Real Groundhog Day

A woman stuck in a real life Groundhog Day has lived the same 24 hours on repeat for 16 years after brain injuries that cause her memory constantly resets.

Michelle Philpots, 47, has had no short term memory since 1994 after suffering head injuries in two separate road accidents.

And just like in Bill Murray's 1993 hit comedy film she lives the same day over and over again — because her memory of the previous day is always wiped clean.

As soon as she leaves the house she forgets where she is going and will arrive at destinations with no idea why she is there.

She also has no memories before 1994 and even has to be reminded by her husband Ian, 46, of their wedding day in 1997. Ian is forced to show her the album of the big day to prove it happened.

To try and deal with her condition Philpots uses hundreds of post it notes and sets constant reminders on her mobile phone.

Anything she does during the day is completely forgotten by the time she wakes up unless she makes a note of it.

She rarely leaves her home town of Spalding, Lincs, and has to use a GPS to get to the local shops half a mile away.

But Philpots looks on the bright side of her disability — saying she has never seen the same TV program twice.

And she says every joke she hears is hilarious as she has never heard it before.

"I can really relate to the film Groundhog Day,” Philpots said, "When I wake up everything outside my window is the same, it’s hard to explain, but everyday to me is the same normal day."

Philpots was diagnosed with epilepsy 16 years ago, brought on by brain injuries she suffered in a motorbike crash in 1985 and a car accident in 1990.

Her condition had deteriorated until she began suffering fits and by 1993 she became 'absent-minded,’ leaving tea bags in the fridge.

One of the first serious signs of her memory loss was when she was told to go home from her office job at a solicitors firm after she repeatedly photocopied the same document all day.

Dead and damaged brain cells were removed during a major operation at London's QE2 Hospital in 2005 to prevent seizures but sadly neither her short-term or long-term memory will ever return.

"My memory has gone and there is no way it will come back,” she said. “I understand the change in my life. I know I can't have my old life back but I find it hard to accept that.”

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