The Kids With No Memory

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    • 00:29


    • 00:32

      NARRATOR: If your memory's going,chances are you're getting old.But what if you're a teenager and you can't remember a thing?

    • 00:43

      ROSIE: This is a worry, I'm always forgetting things.

    • 00:47

      NARRATOR: In Britain, thousands of young peopleare battling with often debilitating memory disorders.

    • 00:52

      INTERVIEWER: Can you remember what you were doing yesterday?

    • 00:55

      RICKY: No.

    • 00:57

      SAM: I can't remember, so no.

    • 00:60

      MANDY: I remember looking at him and thinking,I don't care what happens, and I don't care how you are.I just want you here.

    • 01:07

      NARRATOR: Now, can a unique memory camhelp three kids with no memory?

    • 01:12

      ROSIE: You're a stupid bitch.I'm not going to do this.[THE KIDS WITH NO MEMORY][Brierley Hill, West Midlands]

    • 01:25

      HELEN: Rosie?Rosie, are you up?

    • 01:32

      NARRATOR: Two years ago, Rosie's brain was attacked by a virus.It led to encephalitis, a potentially fatal swellingof the brain.

    • 01:42

      HELEN: That was her in the morning.Yeah, everything was just a normal day.And then that was her by tea time.Just happened so fast and so out of the blue.Awful.[Helen, Rosie's mum]We heard this bump, bump, coming down the stairs.

    • 02:03

      HELEN [continued]: Went to the bottom of the stairs,and Rosie's just flatout, eyes rolling aroundthe back of her head.Oh, she was just sprawled out, white as a sheet.

    • 02:13

      NARRATOR: Rosie was in hospital for three weeks.Her brain was left damaged, and memories of her lifewiped away.Today, she can remember practical things, like howto speak, walk, and eat.But forming new memories is almost impossible.

    • 02:31

      INTERVIEWER: So do you remember everythingyou were doing last week?

    • 02:35

      ROSIE: No.

    • 02:36

      INTERVIEWER: Do you remember anythingyou were doing last week?

    • 02:39

      ROSIE: No.

    • 02:42

      INTERVIEWER: What are the important thingsthat you sometimes forget?

    • 02:53

      ROSIE: I don't know.

    • 02:56

      NARRATOR: Unable to remember her own past,Rosie has tried to recreate it on her bedroom wall.

    • 03:03

      INTERVIEWER: So without the photos,would you remember any of those things?

    • 03:06

      ROSIE: No.It's not nice knowing you can't remember without the pictures.You look at them and know you've done that.They're memories, but they're not memories.And that that's Rhys when he was little.

    • 03:22

      INTERVIEWER: Do you remember that?

    • 03:23

      ROSIE: No.

    • 03:24

      RHYS: I can remember.[Rhys, Rosie's brother]

    • 03:25

      INTERVIEWER: Can you?

    • 03:26

      RHYS: Yeah.

    • 03:29

      INTERVIEWER: But Rosie can't?

    • 03:30

      RHYS: Yeah.I can remember all of them.It's the only way you can think about having a past,is you can see it.You don't remember.[Taunton, Somerset]

    • 03:48

      GARY: Yeah, well, I'll leave you to it mate.All right?

    • 03:51

      NARRATOR: Ricky is 19.From the moment he wakes up, his memory fails him.

    • 03:58

      GARY: Bright lights. [LAUGHS]

    • 04:02

      NARRATOR: He needs lists on his phone for even the simplesttasks, like eating his breakfast,or brushing his teeth.At birth, Ricky's brain was damaged by oxygen starvation,leaving him unable to store memories.

    • 04:19

      RICKY: Well, I need to go to the shop.

    • 04:21

      GARY: All right.If you can get some mushrooms, please.Also a pack of eight pork sausages.

    • 04:26

      RICKY: And just a pint of milk.

    • 04:27

      GARY: Cool.

    • 04:30

      NARRATOR: Ricky can remember what thingslike milk and sausages are.And having walked it many times, he knows the routeto his local shop.But remembering his dad's shopping listis a major challenge.

    • 04:46

      INTERVIEWER: So how about now?We left the house about three minutes ago.

    • 04:55

      RICKY: I don't remember without looking at my phone.I'll have to look at my phone.Sausage and milk.There you go.And mushrooms.Wait, there's mushrooms in there.Mushrooms.Yeah, mushrooms, sausages, and milk.Got it.

    • 05:16

      BUTCHER: Hello, there.What would you like?

    • 05:18

      RICKY: Can I get eight pork sausages, please?

    • 05:20

      BUTCHER: Course you can.

    • 05:21

      RICKY: And it was two pints of milk.So two pints of milk.

    • 05:25

      BUTCHER: Milk?

    • 05:25

      RICKY: Yes, please.Two pints of milk.

    • 05:26

      BUTCHER: Yeah, we don't sell milk.Next door.

    • 05:27

      RICKY: Go next door.That's cool.Fair enough.

    • 05:29

      BUTCHER: How's your day been today, all right?

    • 05:30

      RICKY: Good, good, yeah.

    • 05:31

      BUTCHER: Nice bit of sunshine?

    • 05:33

      RICKY: Yeah, it's been all right.Yeah.

    • 05:36

      BUTCHER: There you go.GBP 2.95 please.Would you like a mini carrier bag, [INAUDIBLE]?

    • 05:41

      RICKY: I'll be all right, thank you.

    • 05:46

      BUTCHER: OK, two p and five p is five, and five is 10.

    • 05:49

      RICKY: Thank you much.

    • 05:50

      BUTCHER: All right, thanks.Bye.

    • 05:52

      RICKY: Bye.

    • 05:55

      INTERVIEWER: How was that, Ricky?

    • 05:56

      RICKY: Yeah, all right.

    • 05:57

      INTERVIEWER: Did you get everything on the list?

    • 06:00

      RICKY: Yeah, no.From there I did.I've got to get milk from that store now.So yeah.

    • 06:09

      INTERVIEWER: Do you want to check the list?

    • 06:12

      RICKY: I believe it was milk.Ah, mushrooms.Which is in there, I think.

    • 06:35

      RICKY [continued]: So mushrooms.Sorry, it was mushrooms as well.

    • 06:40

      BUTCHER: Oh, mushrooms.Yeah, no problem.How many mushrooms would you like?

    • 06:44

      RICKY: That's a good question.About five.

    • 06:59

      NARRATOR: 14-year-old Sam suffered as a childfrom numerous illnesses.At 12 weeks old, he had a stroke, and at 9 yearsold, almost died from a brain infection.[Mandy, Sam's mum]

    • 07:13

      MANDY: I prayed to God that day.I remember looking at him and thinking,I don't care what happens, and I don't care how you are.I just want you here.You don't care what you're left with, you just want something.

    • 07:26

      NARRATOR: Sam has been left with learning difficultiesand a severe memory disorder.

    • 07:33

      SAM: Because we are cool as, we are bros.

    • 07:37

      MANDY: His memory had gone.He'd forgotten what football team he supported.He'd forgotten what television was called.He'd forgotten everything.

    • 07:48

      SAM: Sometimes when I don't know what I'm doing,I'll go in the fridge for some reason.I don't know why.I just do.

    • 07:58

      MANDY: What's he going in the fridge for?

    • 07:59

      SAM: I don't know.

    • 08:02

      MANDY: Back to the fridge again?

    • 08:03

      SAM: I don't know.It's usually a bit hard to remember what-- I can'tremember what I said, now.

    • 08:18

      NARRATOR: Brain injury at birth means19-year-old Ricky has lived his whole life without memoriesof his past.

    • 08:25

      INTERVIEWER: How much of your life do you remember?

    • 08:32

      RICKY: I can safely say not a lot.I can only describe it as shadows,because it's very, very difficult to see.

    • 08:37

      INTERVIEWER: Can you remember what you were doing yesterday?

    • 08:52

      RICKY: No.

    • 08:54

      INTERVIEWER: Does it make you sad?

    • 08:56

      RICKY: Yeah, I suppose it does.It can make me rather depressed at times, because obviously Ifeel like I'm not remembering a lot of my day to day life.

    • 09:15

      NARRATOR: Ricky has never fully understoodwhat's wrong with his brain.Today, he's off to see one of the country'stop pediatric neuropsychologists.[Frenchay Hospital, Bristol]A new test will reveal for the first timewhether his memory can ever improve.

    • 09:32

      INGRAM WRIGHT: Nice to meet you.

    • 09:33

      RICKY: Hi, I'm Rick.

    • 09:35

      INGRAM WRIGHT: Ricky has the most profound memoryproblem that I've seen in my professional practice.[Dr. Ingram Wright]That level of memory impairment is one that'sextraordinarily rare to see.But if we have a conversation with Ricky,he's able to display factual knowledge about the worldand reasoning ability that far exceeds his memory

    • 09:56

      INGRAM WRIGHT [continued]: problem, which has been there since probably hewas four days old.This says something really interestingin that Ricky can learn a fact about the world such as Parisis the capital of France without havingany recollection whatsoever of what he had for breakfast.

    • 10:13

      INTERVIEWER: The results of today's testwill have major implications for the rest of Ricky's life.[Brierley Hill, West Midlands]

    • 10:24

      HELEN: You don't need that much [INAUDIBLE].

    • 10:26

      ROSIE: More?That hardly cools anything.

    • 10:29

      HELEN: Of course it does.You've got a really nice complexion,and you just cover it with makeup.

    • 10:37

      INTERVIEWER: Rosie's unable to recall events from years, days,or even hours earlier.She's still coming to terms with the damage her brain sufferedonly two years ago.

    • 10:48

      HELEN: So let me look, then.[LAUGHS]

    • 10:52


    • 10:56

      HELEN: You've got too much makeup on.[LAUGHS]

    • 11:04

      NARRATOR: For many people with severe memory problems,finding a job is difficult. But with her passion for hairand beauty, Rosie is determined to finish college and becomea hairdresser.

    • 11:17

      ROSIE: You can't let it stop you doing what you want to do.You gotta learn different ways how to cope with it.

    • 11:27

      INTERVIEWER: So tell me a bit about Rosie.

    • 11:30

      HANNAH: [LAUGHS][Hanna, Rosie's friend]She's bubbly like-- I don't know.She like always talks funny, because she's slow sometimes.

    • 11:43

      INTERVIEWER: Rosie, what would be your first memory of whenyou were friends with Hannah?

    • 11:54

      ROSIE: I don't actually know.

    • 11:56

      INTERVIEWER: Do you remember whatyou've learned on the course?

    • 11:60

      ROSIE: Well I know how to do it, but I don't know how I know.I can do it, but I don't remember learning it.

    • 12:09

      HANNAH: My hair's gone wrong plenty of times,so I'm not scared no more.

    • 12:14

      NARRATOR: Rosie can't remember episodes in her life.She has little autobiographical memory.Yet somehow, she instinctively knows how to cut hair.But working in a professional salonwould be a real challenge.[Halesowen, West Midlands]

    • 12:35

      NARRATOR [continued]: For Sam, unlike Rosie, even leaving his housealone is impossible.

    • 12:41

      MANDY: For Sam to go out does cause a lot of anxiety.It is a struggle.It doesn't matter where we're going, it's a struggle.

    • 12:49

      NARRATOR: Sam spends many hours in the company of his pets.The strong bond between them meansthat some memories do survive.

    • 12:60

      SAM: Here.

    • 13:00

      INTERVIEWER: What's that?

    • 13:01

      SAM: Dusty.

    • 13:03

      INTERVIEWER: Who's Dusty?

    • 13:04

      SAM: Dusty's my old cat who used to play with me a lot.But then he got run over.

    • 13:10

      INTERVIEWER: Are your pets one of the things that youhave strong memories of?

    • 13:14

      SAM: Yeah.

    • 13:16

      INTERVIEWER: Why do you think that is?

    • 13:17

      SAM: Because I love them, probably.See, we buried him in a box right there.And then dad dug a really deep hole so the foxes go away.And then [INAUDIBLE]

    • 13:35

      INTERVIEWER: So why do you think it isyou remember that so clearly?

    • 13:38

      SAM: Because it was probably the worst day of my life.But to be honest, he's probably resting in peace by now.

    • 13:54

      NARRATOR: Despite his anxieties, Sam's momhas persuaded him to leave the house to visit a local zoo.She's given him a new type of camera.

    • 14:06

      MANDY: Look, Sam.It's smiling.Look, quick.It's actually smiling for the picture.Go on, Sam.Go on.

    • 14:16

      NARRATOR: The camera automaticallytakes pictures every 30 seconds, buildinga photo diary of the day.Neuropsychologists believe reviewing these images canhelp trigger memories.

    • 14:28

      SAM: He's really cool, actually.He looks like a pirate with one eye.I'll call him Captain.Oh, he's gone now.Thank you.

    • 14:39

      NARRATOR: But will Sam's special camerahelp him remember his day out?

    • 14:44

      ZOO KEEPER: Catch you guys in a bit.

    • 14:46

      SAM: See you, thank you.

    • 14:52

      NARRATOR: For Rosie, technology is not the answer.She feels the best way to tackle her memory problem isto face the real world head on.She's focused on becoming a hairdresser.

    • 15:06

      ROSIE: Going to go and hand a few CVs outto some hair salons.

    • 15:10

      HELEN: So what are you going to say when you go in?

    • 15:12

      ROSIE: Can you help me find work experience?

    • 15:16

      HELEN: For?

    • 15:17

      ROSIE: A few days.

    • 15:18

      NARRATOR: She's found repeating linesout loud can help her remember.

    • 15:23

      HELEN: Say it again.

    • 15:25

      ROSIE: I'm looking for work experience for collegefor two to three days.Is that something you can help me with?

    • 15:33

      HELEN: Brilliant.Good luck.See you later.

    • 15:39

      ROSIE: Where's my shoes?

    • 15:41

      HELEN: Wherever you left them.Hopefully she'll come across OK and not stutter her words.It's quite a big thing, really, going outinto the big wide world.Because she's relied on me for so long.

    • 15:55

      NARRATOR: Rosie tries to be positive.But it's difficult if your brain doesn't work properly.

    • 16:02

      HELEN: Since she's been poorly, her personality has changed.She doesn't deal with stress very well.I think frustration's quite a big part of Rosie.

    • 16:13

      INTERVIEWER: You're going to go and ask in there?

    • 16:18

      ROSIE: I'm sorry.Yeah.Hi, I'm studying hairdressing.I need a bit of work experience.

    • 16:25

      HAIRDRESSER: OK, yes.We'll be in touch, then, if that's all right with you.

    • 16:29

      ROSIE: Yeah, that's all right.

    • 16:29

      HAIRDRESSER: I'm glad you applied.Thank you.

    • 16:30

      ROSIE: I'm doing a bit of work experience,is that anything you could help me with?I'm doing a bit of work experience,but I want some work experience for college.Is that anything you could help me with?I'm not really remembering my lines.

    • 16:49


    • 16:51

      ROSIE: No.Just going in.I'm not saying what mom told me to say.Right when I walk in, my mind goes blank,and I forget what I'm saying.So I have to say something quick so I don't stutter.Hello, I'm studying hairdressing.

    • 17:03

      NARRATOR: After two hours on the streets,Rosie's had no offers of work.But she's hoping someone will call back soon.

    • 17:12

      ROSIE: OK, thank you.

    • 17:20

      NARRATOR: It's been two weeks since Samtook his new camera to the zoo.His mom wants to see it reviewing the images canhelp him remember that day.

    • 17:31

      MANDY: Come and have a look at this and show dad.Yeah.Come on then.You're going to sit up.When we walked up that path, can youremember what we weren't keen on?There was lots of them about that day.Have a look and see if you can see any.There was lots and lots of them about.

    • 17:49

      SAM: Wasps.

    • 17:50

      MANDY: Wasps.

    • 17:53

      SAM'S FATHER: What else can you recall from that day?

    • 18:00

      SAM: It was cold.

    • 18:02

      SAM'S FATHER: Cold?

    • 18:03

      SAM: There was lemurs.

    • 18:05

      MANDY: Yes.

    • 18:06

      SAM: We fed the lemurs.

    • 18:07

      MANDY: Now can you remember this man?

    • 18:10

      SAM: I forgot.

    • 18:10

      MANDY: Now, have a look at him.Can you remember him?

    • 18:13

      SAM: His name was James or something.

    • 18:15

      MANDY: His name was-- it began with an I. Can you remember?

    • 18:19

      SAM: Adam

    • 18:19

      MANDY: Adam?Well done.Can you remember that you named one of the lemurs?

    • 18:27

      SAM: Captain.

    • 18:28

      MANDY: Why did you call him captain?

    • 18:31

      SAM: Because he had one eye.

    • 18:33

      SAM'S FATHER: Yeah.

    • 18:34

      NARRATOR: It looks like a camera is having some impact.But Sam's morale still remains low.

    • 18:45

      SAM: Going off.

    • 18:45

      MANDY: Most if life, Sam does lack in confidence.He lacks in self esteem.It's as if inside he's got the confidence,but when he's outside, he realizes himself,that he's vulnerable.[Taunton, Somerset]

    • 19:03

      INGRAM WRIGHT: Hi, Rick.How are you?

    • 19:05

      NARRATOR: It's results day for Ricky.His doctor is visiting with news about the brain scan.

    • 19:10

      INGRAM WRIGHT: Can I sit down?

    • 19:12

      GARY: Yeah.

    • 19:12

      INGRAM WRIGHT: Brilliant.There are structures here which arereally important in memory, which arecalled hippocampal structures.Now, in your case Rick, they look a bit whiterthan they should, and that's because the scartissue in the brain looks a bit whiter than normal braintissue.And that suggests to us that it's unlikely

    • 19:33

      INGRAM WRIGHT [continued]: that Rick will be able to get any useful function outof those areas, because they're so extensively damagedthat he's unlikely to be able to use them.This is a brain image that we took the other day.What we're expecting to see if you had a healthy brainand healthy structures to help you remember information,is some parts of the brain lighting up here.

    • 19:56

      NARRATOR: In a healthy brain, yellow spots of activationwould appear in the middle of the scan image.In Ricky's case, they're mostly red and black.

    • 20:09

      RICKY: Hits a lot harder once you think.I suppose you don't really know what's going up there,not until you get a computer image that's showingyou exactly what's happening.What's not working.It does was quite shock me, I suppose you could say.How severe it is.

    • 20:28

      GARY: When you have a visual image like that shown to you,and you're looking at the area where that memory recalland activity should normally be, and there is nothing there,that really hits home.This is bad news.Really, what we heard today is bad news.Ricky's memory is not going to get better.

    • 20:49

      GARY [continued]: It's significant damage-- irreparable damage.

    • 20:53

      RICKY'S MOTHER: Today is of a bit of a realizationthat actually, life is going to be a major struggle for Ricky,I believe.

    • 21:14

      NARRATOR: For Ricky, Rosie, and Sam, there is no miracle cure.But can they learn to live with their conditionand frustrations?

    • 21:25

      ROSIE: You're a stupid bitch.I'm not going to do this.

    • 21:28

      NARRATOR: Will meeting for the first time at a unique memorycamp transform their lives?

    • 21:38

      NARRATOR: Ava Easton is the head of the Encephalitis Society.For over 10 years, she's been running campsto help people with brain injuries.

    • 21:49

      AVA EASTON: Things like encephalitisand some of these other neurological conditions,they're an invisible disability.You can be walking down the road, you look fine.No one thinks that there's anything wrong with you.But you know what?You can't see a broken brain.[Markington, Yorkshire]

    • 22:08

      NARRATOR: Ava wants to bring the teenagers togetherfor the first time.She's hoping specially-designed activitieswill help improve confidence, self esteem, and memory.Rosie's hoping to learn how to cope with her frustrations.Sam can't leave his house alone.

    • 22:30

      NARRATOR [continued]: He needs confidence to deal with the outside world.Ricky was recently told his memory will never improve.Can the camp help him move forward?

    • 22:44

      RICKY'S MOTHER: Rickey, bless his cotton socks.I think he totally forgot that we were actually coming today.

    • 22:49

      NARRATOR: Rosie, Ricky, and Sam willbe joined by 18-year-old Clem.An academic high flyer, at 11 years oldhe developed multiple brain tumors.

    • 22:60

      INTERVIEWER: How have you been, Clem?

    • 23:01

      CLEM: Super duper, thanks.

    • 23:05

      NARRATOR: The tumors destroyed his memory.[DOG BARKING]

    • 23:23

      NARRATOR: It's the first morning of the camp,and time for the first activity.Ava wants to take the teenagers back to natureand unclutter their minds.

    • 23:38

      AVA EASTON: Most of our environmentsjust contain total and utter information overloads.For people that have been affected by a brain injury,just something simple as going to a shopping center.There's colors everywhere, there'speople trying to get you to buy stuff, there's music.Whereas here, we take all of that out.

    • 23:57

      NARRATOR: Ava's recruited woodland expert Mark Grimes.He shows the teenagers how to forage for food, startingwith wild garlic.

    • 24:06

      MARK GRIMES: See the white flowers up there?

    • 24:08

      RICKY: Yeah.

    • 24:09

      MARK GRIMES: If you want to take it inturns to walk up there and just literally rubyour fingers on the flowers and then smell them.

    • 24:16

      NARRATOR: Senses like taste and smellare closely linked to memory.

    • 24:23

      ROSIE: It doesn't smell of anything.

    • 24:25

      MARK GRIMES: First one to eat one of those flowers.

    • 24:26

      RICKY: Right.If I die--

    • 24:32

      MARK GRIMES: All right?

    • 24:33

      RICKY: All right, yeah.

    • 24:33

      MARK GRIMES: You could do.

    • 24:34

      ROSIE: I'm-- no.It's been on the floor.Anything could have like gone on it.Like a worm.

    • 24:41

      RICKY: Well I'm not dead, so--

    • 24:45

      CLEM: That's nice.

    • 24:46

      MARK GRIMES: Go on.

    • 24:47

      RICKY: Just eat it.

    • 24:48

      ROSIE: Oh, I don't want to [INAUDIBLE] off the floor.

    • 24:50

      CLEM: Eat it.Don't be a wimp.Eat your garlic.

    • 24:53

      MARK GRIMES: Eat your garlic.Nope.

    • 24:56

      CLEM: Honestly, you're such a wimp, you are.

    • 24:58

      ROSIE: It's horrible.

    • 24:59

      MARK GRIMES: You don't like that.Do you like garlic?

    • 25:01

      ROSIE: No.

    • 25:02

      CLEM: Ha, ha, ha, ha, staying alive.It's raining.

    • 25:10

      SAM: Flipping hell.

    • 25:13

      INTERVIEWER: How are you feeling, Sam?

    • 25:14

      SAM: Tired.

    • 25:15

      INTERVIEWER: Tired?

    • 25:16

      SAM: Yeah.

    • 25:18

      INTERVIEWER: What do you think about being out here?

    • 25:20

      SAM: Cold.

    • 25:21

      INTERVIEWER: Rosie, you don't look like you're enjoying it.

    • 25:24

      RICKY: She loves it.

    • 25:27

      NARRATOR: But for Sam, who rarely leaves his house,the unfamiliar surroundings prove too much.He heads back to the farm.

    • 25:38

      MARK GRIMES: Can you see these plants here?These sort of trefoil plants.They look like clover.They're actually woodland sorrel.

    • 25:45

      RICKY: What's that good for, anyway?

    • 25:47

      MARK GRIMES: Well, it's an edible plant.It tastes a bit like apple peel.Got like a lemony zest to it.If you chew it, you get a little lemon zest.

    • 25:53

      RICKY: Apple and lemon.That's an interesting mix.

    • 25:55

      MARK GRIMES: Oh yeah.Nibble it.Nibble it.Nibble it.

    • 25:59

      CLEM: Otherwise [INAUDIBLE] eat it whether he likes it or not.

    • 26:02

      ROSIE: I'm not eating it.

    • 26:03

      CLEM: Why not?

    • 26:03

      MARK GRIMES: Have a sliver.

    • 26:05

      ROSIE: Because it's been on a tree.

    • 26:08

      MANDY: Sam came out and he was really stressed.He was tired, and he needed to come back.So brought him back to try and chill him out a little bit.If he's in a strange place and he's not sure of things,he does really stress out.But you know, that's Sam.

    • 26:28

      MARK GRIMES: It looks here like a deer print there,with the two leading toes there.

    • 26:34

      INTERVIEWER: Rosie, have you ever seen a deer print before?

    • 26:38

      ROSIE: No.

    • 26:38

      INTERVIEWER: Are you interested?

    • 26:40

      ROSIE: No.[LAUGHS]

    • 26:43

      MARK GRIMES: You're destroying my life's work here.

    • 26:47

      NARRATOR: While Ricky's inspired by the camp,Rosie's not impressed.But the next activity is something she's enjoyed before.

    • 26:57

      MARIANNE: Hello, I'm Marianne, and I'vecome to show you all the horses at Yorkshire Riding Center.So if you'll come with me, we're going to meet them.

    • 27:04

      NARRATOR: Horses are frequently used in therapy.Ava hopes that taking control of a large and powerful animalwill build confidence.

    • 27:15

      AVA EASTON: When we bring people together with animals,I think something special really happens.And this afternoon, it's horses.There's something really non-threatening about comingtogether with an animal.

    • 27:28

      MARIANNE: This is Uzo, who'd like to have a cuddle please,he says.[INTERPOSING VOICES]

    • 27:33

      ROSIE: [INAUDIBLE].I don't want to touch it.Stroke it's nose.

    • 27:37

      ROSIE: No.

    • 27:37

      HELEN: Everybody else is.

    • 27:39

      ROSIE: I don't care what everyone else does.I am an individual, I don't have to do what everyone else does.

    • 27:44

      NARRATOR: Remarkably, amongst the memoriesRosie's lost is her love of horses.As a child, she even took riding lessons.

    • 27:54

      MARIANNE: Come on, Rosie.Come and give him a kiss.

    • 27:57

      ROSIE: I don't want to go near it.

    • 27:58

      MARIANNE: Give him a carrot.

    • 27:59

      ROSIE: I don't like her, and I don't like horses.

    • 28:02

      HELEN: OK.She did about six months in lessons,and she was trotting and canteringand doing little jumps.I'm shocked at how she reacted.Got really quite defensive about it.It's quite bizarre she can't remember anything.It's not even triggered anything at all.

    • 28:22

      NARRATOR: Only a week ago, the doctortold Ricky his memory will never improve.But now, he's in his element.

    • 28:30

      MARIANNE: The nose goes in there.

    • 28:31

      RICKY: Got the nose.

    • 28:32

      MARIANNE: And then this goes behind his ears.As the eldest, he's taken the role of mentor.And he's persuaded Sam to rejoin the group.

    • 28:40

      MARIANNE: No, you're going there.

    • 28:42

      RICKY: Oh, the chestnut.Oh, I beg your pardon.Chestnut.

    • 28:43

      SAM: I'm not trying.

    • 28:44

      MARIANNE: Yeah.

    • 28:45

      SAM: I've never catched a horse before.I got [INAUDIBLE] though, so that's happy.

    • 28:49

      RICKY: They're probably more scared about youthan you are of them.Think of it that way, and you'll be fine.

    • 28:54

      SAM: OK.

    • 28:55

      RICKY: If you can mind.

    • 28:56

      SAM: How can they be scared of me?They're 10 times taller than me.

    • 28:58

      RICKY: Doesn't matter.

    • 28:60

      MARIANNE: Close to get behind us, justin case they decide that they don't need to wait for us.

    • 29:06

      INTERVIEWER: How are you two feeling now?

    • 29:08

      RICKY: I'm all right.

    • 29:08

      SAM: I'm fine.I just don't want to get beat.

    • 29:10

      INTERVIEWER: You'll be all right.

    • 29:12

      RICKY: Put that one over the top first, so you've got him.

    • 29:14

      SAM: Where?

    • 29:15

      RICKY: Over its neck.Yep.Now you've got him.You put that over its nose.

    • 29:22

      MANDY: We're still trying to believethat he's out there doing it, to be honest.I think he's looking up at Ricky.They probably understand each other.We can get on to him, can't we?But we don't live their lives.And now looking at him, it's clicked.

    • 29:36

      SAM: Come on, boy.

    • 29:37

      NARRATOR: It's a huge moment for Sam.In Ricky, he's finally found a friendwho knows what it's like to live with amnesia.

    • 29:49

      MANDY: Mommy moment.Hand on, sorry.This is a mommy moment.There you go.

    • 29:56

      INTERVIEWER: Sam, you think you'll remember that?

    • 29:58

      SAM: Yeah.I will remember it.

    • 30:03

      SAM'S FATHER: Well done, man.Come here.Ready?

    • 30:10

      RICKY: I just about had a heart attack.[LAUGHTER]

    • 30:16

      SAM: Disgusting animal.

    • 30:18

      MANDY: What just happened?

    • 30:20

      RICKY: He had a dump.He let wind out of his bottom side.He bottom burped, as you call it.I've been looking after Sam today.So he is doing well for himself, really good.Just a bit of conference.

    • 30:40

      INTERVIEWER: What do you think about Rosie?

    • 30:42

      RICKY: She's funny.I can relate to her in some ways-- in many ways.Get a laugh out of her.Yeah, she's really lovely to be around.

    • 30:53

      NARRATOR: Before she lets them go,Marianne has one final task.

    • 30:58

      MARIANNE: And now it comes down to the nitty gritty.

    • 31:01

      ROSIE: Ew.

    • 31:05

      MARIANNE: Picking up poo.

    • 31:07

      ROSIE: Are you being serious?

    • 31:09

      MARIANNE: Yeah.Your challenge is, Rosie and Ricky, to pick up as much pooas you can in 10 minutes.

    • 31:19

      ROSIE: [INAUDIBLE] God, you're a stupid bitch.I'm not going to do this.

    • 31:24

      MARIANNE: Come on.

    • 31:27

      ROSIE: I'm good.I don't want to pick up someone else's poo.

    • 31:30

      MARIANNE: Hey, girl, I'm picking up poo.It's easy.Look at that.

    • 31:36

      ROSIE: I'm not picking someone else's pooup, especially a horse's poo.It's come out something's body.Not picking up someone else's poo.

    • 31:53

      NARRATOR: In the evening, the group gather around.As a test, Mark wants to see if the teenagers can rememberwhat they foraged in the woods.

    • 32:03

      MARK GRIMES: Would you like to try any of this?I know you're not a big fan of green things.

    • 32:07

      SAM: I forgot what it tastes like.So if it tastes like a wart, I'm going to kill myself.

    • 32:17

      MARK GRIMES: What does that taste like?

    • 32:19

      SAM: Garlic.

    • 32:22

      MARK GRIMES: Do you remember trying any of these flowersbefore?

    • 32:25

      RICKY: No.I don't remember the flowers.I remember the bees.

    • 32:29

      MARK GRIMES: What does that taste like to you?

    • 32:30

      RICKY: Like an oniony flavor.I do remember the taste.But remembering what it was is a completely different story.

    • 32:36

      INTERVIEWER: But a memory?

    • 32:37

      RICKY: The memory never left, yeah.

    • 32:41

      NARRATOR: Memories of the morning are fading fast.But meeting others in a similar predicamentis proving invaluable.

    • 32:50

      RICKY: I probably won't remember any of your names,but I'll remember you in general.

    • 32:55

      AVA EASTON: How did you feel about having to do,clear up, the poo?

    • 32:57

      ROSIE: That was a no go.I remember walking away.[LAUGHTER]

    • 33:09

      NARRATOR: Of all the group, Rosie'sthe one most out of her comfort zone.Although they've only just met, Ricky makes a special effortto offer support.

    • 33:19

      RICKY: How long have you had problems in your memory?

    • 33:21

      ROSIE: About two years.

    • 33:23

      RICKY: I see, yours has been a short term.

    • 33:25

      ROSIE: Yeah.So I'm all like learning about it as I go along with it.

    • 33:29

      RICKY: Yeah.That's different.I've had it all my life.I wouldn't know any different or Iwouldn't know what it's like to have a memory.So it's almost become-- Well, for me, it's the normal.So if you gave me a memory, it would probably really awkwardto know what it is.How has it affected you, in like from before and after?

    • 33:49

      ROSIE: Oh, I was more happy.And now I just get really aggressive.I get angry a lot, whereas before I wasn't that angry.

    • 33:58

      RICKY: So it affects your emotional side rather than--

    • 34:01

      ROSIE: Yeah.

    • 34:03

      RICKY: I can relate to that, yeah.Definitely.

    • 34:06

      ROSIE: Have you always been so comfortable?

    • 34:09

      RICKY: No.When I was younger, I used to get really,really aggravated and angry about it.I think it's a lot better now than I was in previous years,I suppose.

    • 34:18

      ROSIE: Just get better a bit.

    • 34:21

      RICKY: Not necessarily the memory side,but like the coping with it side has definitely gotten better,yeah.

    • 34:33

      NARRATOR: It's day two of the weekend camp.Having lost her memories of riding as a child,Rosie is now terrified of horses.But she's decided to face her fear.

    • 34:48

      MARIANNE: You've come to ride Tweedle?

    • 34:50

      ROSIE: Yep.

    • 34:51

      MARIANNE: That's your gear.

    • 34:52

      ROSIE: Are you going to put it on?

    • 34:53

      MARIANNE: You are.

    • 34:54

      AVA EASTON: She's changed her mind.She's going to get on the small Shetland and give it a go.

    • 35:00

      MARIANNE: Keep hold of your horse.Look at the hands.Normal people, when they get on a horse for the first time,get hold of the reins like that.But Rosie hasn't.She's got the proper hold.

    • 35:22

      MARIANNE [continued]: There.Well done, you.

    • 35:25

      HELEN: Do you know why you grabbed the reins like that?

    • 35:28

      ROSIE: No.

    • 35:29

      MARIANNE: Well done you, because that is the proper wayto hold the reins.

    • 35:33

      NARRATOR: Although her memories of horse ridinghave been wiped away, deep seated instinctsin Rosie's brain kick in.

    • 35:41

      MARIANNE: Go.Get going, girl.[LAUGHTER]

    • 35:53

      NARRATOR: Having overcome her initial fears,Rosie's confidence is growing.She feels it's now time for an even bigger challenge.

    • 36:08

      MARIANNE: Just stand on the mantle,and have a good look at him.You know how big he is?

    • 36:14

      ROSIE: Yeah, he's huge.

    • 36:17

      MARIANNE: No he's not.

    • 36:18

      INTERVIEWER: How are you feeling right now, Rosie?

    • 36:20

      ROSIE: Scared.

    • 36:22

      MARIANNE: Hold on to the stirrup on the side and get on.Put your foot in the stirrup.You've done it.

    • 36:34

      HELEN: Well done, Rosie.Feel OK?Well done.You're all right, aren't you?

    • 36:39

      ROSIE: Yeah.

    • 36:41

      INTERVIEWER: Little bit nervous, Rosie?

    • 36:43

      ROSIE: Right now.

    • 36:44

      MARIANNE: OK, heels down.Heels down.

    • 36:48

      HELEN: I can't believe she went on a big horse like thatafter everything.All that kerfuffle.She's doing really well.Amazing.

    • 36:55

      MARIANNE: Deep breath in.Yeah.

    • 37:02

      NARRATOR: Incredibly, still not able to remember her horseriding days, Rosie is back in the saddle.

    • 37:12

      HELEN: She's coped really well.I think she's realized that she's notthe only person with memory.There's other teenagers out there.And coming together, she gained a lot from it.It's great, because this'll give her confidenceto do other things in the future.Yeah, I do think she'll remember this.

    • 37:33

      HELEN [continued]: I hope she's going to remember this.

    • 37:35

      ROSIE: It's amazing being able to ride a horse again.

    • 37:44

      NARRATOR: As the camp draws to a close,Ava's designed the final activityto leave a lasting impression.

    • 37:51

      CLEM: Get it off quickly, very quickly.

    • 37:53

      AVA EASTON: I think when we beganto involve animals and birds and in our weekend,it quickly became obvious to us that something really specialwas happening with the people.There's a great sense of vulnerability.Suddenly, we've introduced somethinginto our weekend that perhaps is consideredmore vulnerable than the young people

    • 38:13

      AVA EASTON [continued]: with their disabilities and their brain injuries.And sometimes, because it's such an extraordinary experience,there's a glimpse, a moment, a memorythat's captured that they wouldn't otherwisehave remembered.

    • 38:25

      NARRATOR: Since his visit to the zoo,Sam has discovered the power of photography.

    • 38:30

      SAM: Do we get to keep these cameras?

    • 38:32

      AVA EASTON: Why do you want to keep the camera?

    • 38:34

      SAM: Because it's got all of the pictures on it.

    • 38:36

      AVA EASTON: All the pictures what, from this weekend?

    • 38:38

      SAM: Yeah.

    • 38:39

      AVA EASTON: Why would that be important to you?

    • 38:41

      SAM: Because it'll remind me what I've done.

    • 38:43

      AVA EASTON: Really?

    • 38:44

      SAM: Yeah.

    • 38:45

      AVA EASTON: Well I think you can keep the camera, then.

    • 38:47

      SAM: OK.

    • 38:50

      CLEM: Now he's coming.[INAUDIBLE] Ow.

    • 38:54

      ANIMAL TENDER: Keep your arm nice and high.

    • 38:58

      INTERVIEWER: How does that feel, Clem?

    • 38:60

      CLEM: Cool.[Mark, Clem's dad]

    • 39:01

      MARK: Up with his confidence.He's walking better.Like I say, I don't we would havegone handling that hawk a few days ago.Really, really moved.

    • 39:10

      INTERVIEWER: Have you ever held a bird of prey before, Clem?

    • 39:13

      CLEM: Yes, how about today?You must have broken wind, scared him away.[LAUGHTER]

    • 39:24

      ANIMAL TENDER: Hold this handle.All right?And Harry's going to be chasing this bit of foodthat you're dragging along behind you.

    • 39:31

      INTERVIEWER: Have you done anything like this before?

    • 39:32

      SAM: No, and I'm weak.But I'm going to jog it.[LAUGHTER]

    • 39:44

      NARRATOR: For a boy who struggles to leave his house,it's extraordinary how Sam's confidencehas been transformed.[APPLAUSE]

    • 39:60

      SAM'S FATHER:Well done, mate.Was that good?

    • 40:05

      SAM: Yeah.

    • 40:07

      SAM'S FATHER: Will you remember this stuff?

    • 40:08

      SAM: Yeah.

    • 40:15

      NARRATOR: With her confidence level sky high too,Rosie's plucked up the courage to cut Ricky's hair.

    • 40:22

      INTERVIEWER: How do you feel?

    • 40:24

      RICKY: Well, I've just been put up out of the bluenow for a hair cut, so what would you expect?No, I'll be all right I suppose.

    • 40:29

      ROSIE: I've never cut a boy's hair before.[LAUGHTER]

    • 40:35

      RICKY: I feel privileged, I think.

    • 40:39

      RICKY'S MOTHER: What else do you thinkyou'll take away with you.

    • 40:42

      RICKY: [INAUDIBLE] is attitude.The people here that have been utterly amazing.The friendships we've made, the bonds we've made.

    • 40:50

      ROSIE: We've spoke about things that we wouldn't usuallyspeak about to anybody else.

    • 40:54

      INTERVIEWER: Yeah, yeah, definitely.What other things might you remember from this weekend?

    • 40:59

      ROSIE: For me, mostly I rode the horse.

    • 41:01

      RICKY'S MOTHER: What do you thinkyou're going to remember from this weekend?

    • 41:05

      RICKY: Well, hopefully I'll remember names.An interesting one.But obviously, more important than that is friends.

    • 41:12

      RICKY'S MOTHER: Do you think you two will stay in touch?

    • 41:14

      ROSIE: Yeah.

    • 41:15

      RICKY: I hope so, yeah.

    • 41:16

      RICKY'S MOTHER: Do you think there might evenbe an actual meeting one day maybe?

    • 41:19

      RICKY: That would be nice, yeah.That is possible, if we can get that planned.

    • 41:23

      RICKY'S MOTHER: Should we let your hairgrow for that one, then, Rick?So you shouldn't cut more?

    • 41:28

      RICKY: Yeah, I'll think about that one.

    • 41:29

      ROSIE: I'm not that bad.

    • 41:30

      RICKY: No, I never said you were.

    • 41:36

      EVERYONE: Cheese.

    • 41:38

      PHOTOGRAPHER: Lovely, looking great.

    • 41:41

      MANDY: It can be good memories.That's what I'm taking.

    • 41:44


    • 41:54

      GARY: It's been an absolutely brilliant meeting.Like my new people, and barriers have been completelybroken down.And there is going to be a sense of lossnow, to be absolutely honest.

    • 42:02

      RICKY: I've got used to this so much.Now I'm leaving, it's almost become like I'mgoing to somewhere new again.So it's really, really weird.

    • 42:28

      RICKY [continued]: Going back, you're almost in again.I have to get used to my surroundings again.

    • 42:37

      SAM: Another day, mate.

    • 42:42

      RICKY: All right.Yeah, will do.

    • 42:47

      AVA EASTON: Can I have a hug?Is that all right?

    • 42:51

      RICKY'S MOTHER: I am so, so chuffed that we did it.

    • 42:56

      GARY: Come here.Come here.

    • 43:14

      ROSIE: Everyone's crying.

    • 43:19

      NARRATOR: Since the camp, the teenagers continue to thrive.Ricky has been asked by Ava to be a mentor at the next camp.Sam is continuing with his photography,and is going out more.Clem has opened a Facebook page to keep

    • 43:40

      NARRATOR [continued]: in touch with the others.And Rosie is finally coming to terms with her condition.She's recently been working at a local salon.

    • 43:52

      ROSIE: Just got to get on with everything.[Narrated by Stephen Mangan][Online Editor Drew Stubbs][Colourist Stewart Duff][Dubbing Mixer][Graphics Maxwell Broughton][Head of Production Jeanna Marshall][Production Runner Adam Parkinson][Production Executive for GroupM Entertainment Clare Fleming][Executive Producers for GroupM Entertainment Tony MoulsdaleAbigail Adams]

    • 44:13

      ROSIE [continued]: [Production Manager Hannah Lewis][Assistant Producer Freddie Martin][Editor Dave Jacobs][Executive Producer Narinder Minhas][Filmed, Produced, and Directed by Trevor Docksey]

The Kids With No Memory

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Memory disorders can affect the young and the old, and can be caused by a number of different things. Meet four teenagers who are battling debilitating memory disorders while trying to have a normal life. With the help of a memory camp, they gain companionship with people in similar situations and try to gain a few memories through photographs.

The Kids With No Memory

Memory disorders can affect the young and the old, and can be caused by a number of different things. Meet four teenagers who are battling debilitating memory disorders while trying to have a normal life. With the help of a memory camp, they gain companionship with people in similar situations and try to gain a few memories through photographs.

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