Survivor Survey – Neurological

Q: How are you neurologically?

Do you have any brain impairments, cognitive, memory, speech issues etc that can be related to the time that you brain was without oxygen (hypoxia)

Responses with name, age at SCA and time since

More forgetful and sometimes cannot get words out.

Joanne,  48, 23 months

Nothing that doctors have picked up on, but I think my memory is very slightly affected.

Clare,  31, Almost 5 months.

Head seems bit fuzzy sometimes. Memory not quite so good.

Anon,  56, 15 months

I have short term memory loss

Lisa,  40, 7 years


Dawn,  48, 3 years


Michelle,  43, 5 years

Again sketchy, find myself doing silly things forgetting stuff from one minute to the next…. if it’s not written down I’m buggered

Ben,  32, 1 year 2 months

Short term Memory not the greatest

Graeme,  36, 10 years


Lynne,  47, 21 months

Cognitive problems and event amnesia

Lisa,  35, 4 months

Yes, mild brain damage, nothing to really notice thankfully. Memory loss from about a month before and hazy memory from immediate recovery period. Some days are better than others and can be frustrating in a working day sometimes.

Judy,  39, 3 years

More forgetful, but not sure if that is more age !

Michelle,  50, 1 year


Mark,  56, 14 months

Memory, depression etc

Anon,  36, 11 years


Tracy,  50, 3 years

My short term memory is permanently impaired but I deal with this fairly well. It has improved over time but sometimes I have to remind others of this. My long term memory is intact, however. The only total loss is the week it happened. the 2 days before are gone and I lost the first week following my time in Resus.

Mark,  46, 23 years

Memory not as good

Maureen,  68, 7 years

Short term memory loss

Amy,  30, 2 years and 8 months

Severe memory loss as result of hypoxia

Kym,  40, 3 years

Know I’m very lucky

Sue,  51, 8 months

Yes my recall is terrible now and I usually have to re-read things as they don’t sink in first (or second!) time but it’s manageable. My husband doesn’t acknowledge it as an issue but I notice the difference, am just less sharp mentally! No speech or emotional changes.

Michelle,  42, 4 years

Yes! Mostly Memory. Short term and the process of retrieving it seems to be different. I have to think myself through the event, but my long term memory has improved. I now have memories of lots of things I didn’t remember (or chose to forget.)

Robyn,  57, 18 months


Lee,  37, 5 1/2 years

I struggle with my short term memory a lot, such as learning new processes and taking in lots of information.

Imogen,  21, 2 years

Memory loss of the night before, the day it happened and about 2 weeks after.

Amy,  17, 14 years

Memory and concentration are impaired

Stewart,  53, 3 years

None that I’m aware of.

Andy,  51, 5 years


Carly,  34, 1 month


Pat,  51, 15 months

Sometimes find it hard to follow storylines in films/books, sometimes need to watch/read a few times, but other than that no problems

Julie,  31, 8 years

A little memory loss but have been told this will improve

Joe,  52, 4 weeks

Memory problems, left deficit neurological disorder, problems with remembering names of things. Tremors in hands.

Brenden,  56, 4 years

I had mainly cognitive and memory loss, much of which came back. Some memories around the year of the even are hazy and memories month running up are non-existant

Natasha,  25, 4.5 years


Anon,  70, 10 months