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Amnesiac found in park facing long recovery, warns doctor

By Ben Kendall

Doctors have warned that a man who cannot remember his own name faces a long road to recovery even once his identity has been established.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust launched an appeal after a man, named Robert by medics, was found in a park in Peterborough suffering from a severe case of amnesia.

He cannot recall any details of his life including his name, age or where he is from.

The only hints of his previous life are an Eastern European accent and understanding of Lithuanian and Russian along with his sporting ability, with him showing skills at basketball, tennis and football.

Nearly two months since he was found Robert, who is fluent in English, has shown no signs of improvement.

Speaking yesterday, Dr Manaan Kar Ray, clinical director of acute care at the trust, said he was aware of speculation that Robert could be faking his condition but pointed out his own choice to go public with the appeal would seem to contradict that.

The doctor said that cases of short-lived amnesia were relatively common and could result from severe trauma, some kind of seizure, severe depression or a suicide attempt.

However, the duration of Robert's condition is far more unusual and does not fit conventional explanations.

He added: "When we do get a name that will be the beginning of the journey and the challenge will be how we integrate autobiographical memory back into Robert and how he deals with it."

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