Suffering from a rare epileptic disorder, Mark Stott, 42, vanished from his hometown of Bristol for over a week only to resurface in a supermarket car park in Swansea. Amazingly, Stott walked the 100 mile journey barefoot and remembers nothing at all of the trek...
Known as Non Epileptic Attack Disorder, the condition affects approximately one in every 500 people and can cause sufferers to lose entire days and in extreme cases even years. Kind of makes our lost evenings of drunken debaucheries pale in comparison. Here are five other startling cases of memory loss…
The Piano Man: Found in Sheerness, Kent, wearing a soaking wet suit and tie, he was picked up by police and taken to Medway Maritime Hospital. Staff assumed he was a mute and gave home a pen and paper to write his name at which he drew a detailed sketch of a grand piano. He was later taken to a piano and played a variety of complicated tunes ranging from Tchaikovsky to The Beatles. The press named him Piano Man and sought to find his identity, Doctors believed that he was an autistic savant. Four months later he revealed himself to be a German called Andreas Grassl.
Jeffrey Alan Ingram: Diagnosed with a type of amnesia known as dissociative fugue, Ingram frequently suffers from bouts of amnesia where he completely forgets his identity. His condition first came to light in 1995 when he vanished during a trip to a grocery shop in Denver only to emerge nine months later being treated as a patient at a Seattle Hospital. In 2004 he went missing again for a month whilst traveling to Canada, before appealing to the public to help identify him.
NY Jane Doe: A girl estimated by doctors to be between 14 and 17 was taken in by authorities in Times Square after she was found wearing tattered clothing with no ID in October 2009. She appeared to not know who she was or where she was from, though oddly, she could remember excerpts from the fantasy novel Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb. She later turned out to be a teen from Washington who had been reported missing over a month earlier.
Agatha Christie: The novelist famously vanished on December 3, 1926, after her husband revealed he was in love with another woman. She was discovered 11 days later in a hotel in Harrogate, seemingly unaware of the events that had transpired since she went missing. Doctors confirmed that she was suffering from amnesia possibly sparked by the trauma of her husband asking for a divorce.
Edward Lighthart: Lighthart went missing for three weeks in 2009 when he walked out of Discovery Park, Seattle. An academic who had studied art and history at some of the most prestigious schools in America and traveled the world as well as working as a top chef, he could remember none of his previous life. When confronted with details of his past existence he didn’t doubt that this was who he was, but admitted he didn’t feel like he fitted into this identity and asked to be called John Doe. Jordan Waller