Romford man raises awareness of brain condition after losing childhood memories

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 February 2018

Antony Holly, of Romford, is raising awareness of encephalitis after suffering from the condition himself. Picture: Encephalitis Society

Antony Holly, of Romford, is raising awareness of encephalitis after suffering from the condition himself. Picture: Encephalitis Society

Encephalitis Society

A 22-year-old man is raising awareness of a brain condition after losing some of his own childhood memories thanks to the virus.

Antony Holly, of Lennox Close, Romford, is speaking out about his experiences ahead of World Encephalitis Day next week, to make residents more aware of its devastating effects.

“I want to tell people about encephalitis and let them know about the impact that it can have so there is more understanding among the general public”, he said.

“I now have a different outlook in life: be who you want to be and love your loved ones that little bit more.

“Never take life for granted. Do what makes you happy.”

Last year, Antony was working as a retail manager for John Lewis’ Oxford Street store when he was struck by the condition.

He said: “I was going about my daily life, working in London when all off a sudden I didn’t feel well.

“Little did I know what was about to happen.

“I left my work and got to the station where I collapsed.

“I woke up in hospital not knowing who I was, where I was or any other information the doctors and nurses were asking me. I didn’t even know who my mother or sister were.”

Doctors at the Royal London Hospital discovered that Antony was suffering from a wide range of infections which led to encephalitis.

It took another week before doctors were able to get the swelling of his brain under control.

He is now working as a manager at Waitrose Essex and is hoping his memory will improve.

He said: “Doctors have said it will take time to rebuild my memory.

“Things such as my childhood memories may not come back.

“Sometimes I do feel embarrassed that some people may say something to me and then I forget, but over time I’m hoping my short term memory gets better.”

World Encephalitis Day will take place on February 22.

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