Two years ago, Mayank Sharma contracted tuberculous meningitis, which developed into hydrocephalus, or a buildup of fluid in the brain. When he woke up in a New Delhi hospital, he couldn’t recognize his family and had no memories of the past.
“I did not speak to anybody because I did not recognize them, and I did not know what to say,” Sharma, who was 27 at the time, said in this video. “I lost 27 years of experiences.”
When Sharma was well enough to use a computer, he logged on and saw Facebook.com in his web history. Connecting with individuals through Facebook’s “People You May Know” feature, Sharma began rebuilding his memories of the past.
Sharma’s experience is highlighted in Facebook Stories, a new application that intends to share stories around the world.
“Chronologically, I am 29 years old, but the first memories I have are only a couple of years old,” Sharma wrote on his blog.
A technology writer and published author, Sharma is still recovering. His doctors are unclear why his memories have not returned, as the brain damage “isn’t that extensive,” he said in this Facebook story.
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