Woman thinks she’s been kidnapped after stroke wipes 20 years of memories

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When Stevie Carter woke to find herself in strange surroundings, she was sure she had been kidnapped and was being held hostage. She was also adamant it was 1998.

What Stevie didn’t know was that she’d a life-threatening stroke, which had wiped out the last 20 years of her life.

After collapsing at home one evening after work on February 12, 2018, Stevie had been rushed to hospital, placed in a coma and her distraught family were told she had just a 2% chance of survival.

It took more than a week for her to come round and when she did, confusion set in.

The 38-year-old, from Norfolk, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘I thought it was 1998, I had been kidnapped and I was being held hostage. I had no idea what was going on, which meant I wasn’t very cooperative. ‘I was hallucinating and was sure I was being experimented on. I recognised my daughter but I was shouting at my son saying, “You’re not my son, I don’t know you.”‘

The 38-year-old, from Norfolk, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘I thought it was 1998, I had been kidnapped and I was being held hostage.

I had no idea what was going on, which meant I wasn’t very cooperative. ‘I was hallucinating and was sure I was being experimented on. I recognised my daughter but I was shouting at my son saying, “You’re not my son, I don’t know you.”‘ In hospital In hospital (Picture: Stevie Carver) Doctors had discovered that Stevie had been born with an arteriovenous malformation, which means an artery and vein are not connected properly.

Over time, it had weakened and eventually burst, causing her to have a brain haemorrhage and a stroke. Stevie had no idea she had the rare condition, which only affects around 1% of the population, as she’d never had any scans of her head.

The first sign that something was wrong was on the day it happened and it was just down to luck that her partner was with her and able to help save her life.

That morning Stevie was due at her second shift of a new job, but when her car wouldn’t start it meant she had to get a lift from her partner – and also get picked up by him.

When she got into the car with her partner (who she’s since separated from) that night, Stevie began to experience a sudden and severe stabbing pain in her head, which she says was unlike anything she had ever experienced before.

She explains: ‘I just started screaming because it was so painful and my then-partner didn’t understand what was going on.

Source: Metro

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