A husband has opened up about helping his wife remember him and their son every day in a real-life version of film 50 First Dates.
Steve Curto, 38, was left devastated after wife Camre lost her memory following the birth of their son Gavin seven years ago.
Camre suffered a seizure, a cataclysmic stroke during childbirth and had undiagnosed pre-eclampsia. She lost oxygen to the rain for five to seven minutes and both sides of her brain were affected, with her long and short-term memory wiped out.
The new mum was unable to remember any of her family or that she’d even given birth.
Speaking on This Morning via video link from Michigan, Steve said that they “had to build [their] life from scratch again”.
On their son’s birth, Steve said: “It was the greatest moment of our lives but at the same time the most tragic moment of our lives.”
It took Camre 30 days after Gavin’s birth to hold her own son.
Asked about how Camre’s memory was now like, Steve said: “Over seven years, it’s turned from minutes to hours to days… her memory has improved.”
Steve has written a book dedicated to his wife called ‘But I Know I Love You’, which tells her about their love story.
Camre is reading the book and has also moved back in with Steve as they try to put in place a routine to help her remember her former life.
Those who have watched rom com 50 First Dates will recall Adam Sandler’s character Henry creating a video for wife Lucy (Drew Barrymore). She, like Camre, suffers from short-term memory loss and at the end of the movie watches the film he has made of their life together.
Steve, Camre and son Gavin are now looking to the future as a family.
“You have to focus on the positives,” Camre said.
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