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Woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury forgot she had a daughter and a boyfriend

Gregory Robinson

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Woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury forgot she had a daughter and a boyfriend

Featured Image Credit: pillay.nesh/TikTok

A woman has gone viral after sharing her reaction to finding out she has a boyfriend and a daughter. Watch the emotional clip below:

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Nesh Pillay, a mum-of-one from Toronto, suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was younger, which has led to her losing parts of her memory.

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In a compilation of clips posted on TikTok showing her daily life, Pillay is seen being driven in a car as she asks the driver if the year is 1992 or 1996.

Another tearjerker moment finds Pillay in bed looking up at her grown up sister Mishka. The TikToker seems shocked and emotional after realising 'you guys are grown ups'.

Pillay was shocked to learn her sister is grown up. Credit: @pillay.nesh/TikTok
Pillay was shocked to learn her sister is grown up. Credit: @pillay.nesh/TikTok

In the clip, which was shared on 12 January, Pillay claims to not remember much from the past few months.

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In October 2022, she apparently informed her family that she bumped her head, but doesn’t remember doing so now. After telling her family, she apparently went to bed to take a nap.

Her memory started to disappear when she woke up dazed.

“I reportedly was very confused and didn’t know what was going on,” Pillay told Newsweek.

“Then over the course of a couple of hours, I lost my memory. By that evening I didn’t know who my partner was. I didn’t know much about my daughter. That’s so difficult.”

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She was ‘constantly in panic’ and she would forget what she was doing or where she was, which meant someone had to be by her side all the time.

Pillay says she has no memories from October or November.

She filmed the moment she was told she has a boyfriend. Credit: @pillay.nesh/TikTok
She filmed the moment she was told she has a boyfriend. Credit: @pillay.nesh/TikTok

“I mean, how terrifying? You don’t know what’s going on? Who is this random white man sitting with me? That was really tough,” she said.

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The head injury Pillay may have suffered late last year was compounded by previous brain trauma, with the first notable incident being a car accident when she was nine years old. The following injuries would later lead to significant memory loss.

Following a possible head injury in October, doctors were uncertain about the cause of her constant memory lapse.

When her condition worsened she sought a second opinion after some experts told her the memory loss was due to multiple concussions and she would recover in a few days.

“Women in general are not believed when it comes to their symptoms,” she shared.

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Pillay thought her boyfriend was hired help. Credit: @pillay.nesh/TikTok
Pillay thought her boyfriend was hired help. Credit: @pillay.nesh/TikTok

Pillay spent three days in hospital and after five psychiatrists confirmed that the issue was not psychology, a neurologist told her he didn’t know what the cause was.

She’s improving slowly and she now shares clips of her journey to recovery with her 34,000 TikTok followers.

“I’m so grateful to be alive,” she said.

“So many people die from head injuries and don’t get any memory back. So I’m just really looking at the bright side here.”

Topics: Community, Health, TikTok, Parenting, Sex and Relationships

Gregory Robinson
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