Newlywed Whose Bride Lost Her Memory Helps Her Remember With 100 Wedding Photos

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A traumatic brain injury a month after she got married left Tunicia Hall unable to remember her wedding -- or her husband. She'd had a near-fatal brain hemorrhage after a sudden, horrible headache. She called 911 and soon learned she'd had a rare type of stroke that caused bleeding on the surface of the brain. Doctors said she had only a 50/50 chance of survival. She did survive. But she lost a lot.

At one point, the 42-year-old newlywed asked her husband of a few months: "Are we married?"

As heartbreaking as that was to hear, Raleigh Hall, 50, refused to accept that his new wife's memory was gone. The two had known each other for 30 years. He wanted her to remember her life, and theirs together. So he plastered the walls of her hospital room with wedding photos -- 100 of them. Talk about true love.

Over time, her memories started to return. Even the doctors were amazed.


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"The photographs did help," Dr. Richard Temis, who treated Hall, told The Stir.

Temis, the director of the Center for Neurocritical Care at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, said that healing from brain trauma like Hall's is a complicated, delicate process.

"When it comes to recovering from a brain injury, there are so many different components," he said. "Family is a big part of that. It was very moving."

The wedding photographs her husband put up prompted questions from Tunicia, he said. And then the memories slowly started coming back into focus -- and the emotions to go with them.

Said Raleigh Hall on the Today show:

The pictures started drawing her not just to our marriage but to the celebration ... when all the people celebrated our love. So she experienced the love again through the pictures.

Tunicia told the show that she had no idea what Raleigh was doing at first, but she was intrigued all the same:

I’m laying in bed watching him go back and forth, and I’m wondering: Why is he putting those pictures up? [But then] seeing the pictures every day when I woke up was wonderful.

It's an incredible story and such a testament to the power our family members have over our health and even our very sense of self.

"Her future looks bright," said Dr. Temis, but he added that an event like this takes a toll. He cautioned that anyone experiencing weakness on one side of the body, bad headaches, or slurring of the speech should go to the emergency room for help as quickly as possible.

As a wife, I can barely even imagine what it would be like to have my husband forget our wedding day or any part of our marriage. After nearly 12 years, we have been through it all -- deaths in the family, three births, huge fights, small arguments, job changes, big moves. We share that. They are OUR memories. If he lost them, we'd lose such a part of what makes us US.

The Halls have a fighting chance for a long and happy marriage if this is how they face adversity as newlyweds.

Sometimes in marriage, the everyday annoyances can take over, and it's easy to forget that you are on the same team. When one falls, the other picks her up and vice versa. The Halls are already there. They've had the ultimate test early on in their marriage. And how did they answer that painful, tragic call?

With 100 wedding photos. And so much love.

Theirs is a real partnership. A real union. A real love. Having all that to hold onto gives Tunicia a real chance to make a full recovery. If she and Raleigh continue on this beautiful path they've forged, they'll be one of the lucky couples whose marriage truly does last a lifetime.

How would you help your husband remember your life together if he were to forget?

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