It sounds like a classic excuse. Well, not classic. Let’s call it a great opportunity to get out of a marriage when it gets tough. But as convenient as this headline seems, this husband really did forget about his wife. Worse, he forgot about his kids, too. What’s strange is that it wasn’t an accident to the head caused his memory loss — extreme dehydration is to blame.
Sounds strange, but remember that the Australian summer takes place during our winter. That must have been one hell of a heatwave, because that day things soon took a turn for the worse for Wayne. The man passed out from severe heatstroke.
Again, these two were happy. If it had been an unhappy marriage, maybe Sharleen would have been relieved to hear these words. However, this woman loved her husband and she knew he loved her back, so hearing those words was a disheartening moment.
What was worse for Sharleen was when she learned her husband didn’t remember his kids either. She knew how much Wayne loved his children. The man had “a close bond” with them. Moreover, parenting had always come “naturally” to him.
Wayne spent five days in the hospital. After that, his mother had to reassure him that Sharleen was trustworthy for him to agree to go home with her. It was a long and exhausting process trying to help Wayne regain his memory.
Everyone showed him family photos and videos but nothing happened. And yet, Sharleen and the kids wouldn’t give up on Wayne. And so, the kids, aged 15, 14, 12 and 10, started using YouTube to get their dad up to speed.
The kids showed their dad everything. They showed him what happened on 9/11 and how flat TV screens were invented. Basically, they gave him a crash course on technology and decades worth of unforgettable events.
Soon, Wayne wanted to know more about himself, too. So he asked his family what he liked to do and what his hobbies were. His family indulged him by telling him all about his interests, and even showed him what his favorite tools were.
I guess even amnesia can’t keep a couple who love each other apart. Despite never gaining his memory back, Wayne did fall in love with Sharleen all over again. Five years after the accident took place, the two got married again. “It was very special,” Sharleen recalled. “No one gets to marry the same person twice.”