"Just knowing that I’ve got something real from before, from the beginning of my story, really helps me face the future," the man expressed
Thomas Leeds was 19 when he was knocked down by a taxi. He ended up losing his memory at the time but miraculously, he began to recall experiences from his youth after listening to 1980's hit The Whole of the Moon, reported Mirror.
The accident happened when Leeds was crossing a road in north London. He developed a blood clot in his brain due to the impact and was required to undergo an emergency surgery. When he woke up, he could not remember anything, he found it hard to recognise his family or the house he grew up in. He had developed prosopagnosia i.e face blindness, which meant he could not recognise anyone out of context, not even his parents or five siblings. Leeds had also developed epilepsy due to the injury. However, he was determined to regain some of his memories. He began to revisit locations from his past and quizzed friends and family in an attempt to remember something about his life before the accident, reported Mirror.
Nothing worked and years later when Leeds was compiling a 30th birthday playlist of the music he grew up with, he listened to it track-by-track through his headphones and was suddenly plunged back into his childhood. He shared that the opening bars of a song by Irish band The Waterboys triggered six clear flashbacks of experiences he had in his early years. “It was the most magical thing ever,” he expressed. “It really changed everything for me. It was so short, nothing was said, but knowing that it was real and I’ve got it in my head and it’s not just a story, and it’s not just a grainy photograph ... it was a little bit of my beginning. Just knowing that I’ve got something real from before, from the beginning of my story, really helps me face the future," he added, according to the Mirror.