20/12/2011 18:17 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Dad Loses 17 Years Of Christmas Memories

Dad loses seventeen years of Christmas memories Caters

When dad of two Gary Rogers, 43, had a heart attack on holiday in Turkey last year, he fell into a coma which left him with brain damage.

When he awoke, he thought it was 1994 - and had no recollection of his daughters Olivia, 18, and Lilly, 15.

He even thought he had split up with his wife, Linda!

His short term memory was so bad, he couldn't remember things that happened only hours ago.

This year, his family are hopeful that they will have a Christmas to remember, as Gary's memory has started to improve, little by little.

Speaking to the Sun, his wife Linda, of Basildon, Essex, said: "Last year, Gary was crying on the run up to Christmas as he knew he used to love our celebrations. By Boxing Day he couldn't remember anything.

"This year his memory is much better, and we're looking forward to a memorable day together."

Imagine losing 17 years of Christmas memories - good luck with your recovery, Gary!

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