Apologies in advance for my ignorance. Am seeking some advice for my family.
Is a longish story but will try to keep it brief. I am wondering whether anyone has experienced something similar.
Anyways, at the start of November, my mum (who is 60, normally relatively healthy) went to hospital to have an abscess drained. During the op (while under a general) her heart stopped. There's discrepancy over how long for - initially were told no more than two minutes, but the discharge notes said 4-5 minutes .... She had to be put in a coma for a few days; on coming round from the coma she had quite severe post-coma psychosis: very strange delusions, had lost 20 years of her life, extremely confused and did not believe she was in a hospital.
There is a lot more to it - too much to go into, really. Three months on and she is in many ways better, but still struggling with short-term memory problems, doesn't know what day it is. My parents live in Spain, and she still hasn't grasped that they live there, and constantly asks my dad when they are returning. She also talks about an apartment (they've never had an apartment).
Someone unaware of the situation wouldn't know there was anything wrong: she holds seemingly normal conversations etc, but about 70 per cent of the time, the stuff she is talking about is completely false. For example she was telling her friends about how she had ordered all the presents for Xmas online, and they were wrapped in the wardrobe. This wasn't true, there were no presents.
She also has very little engagement or interest in people, or any of the things she used to do. Her personality has changed a great deal. She wouldn't ever ask me, for example, how work is going, what my daughter has been up to or anything like that.
It is like she has dementia/Alzheimer's. She is currently on medication for this, although they aren't doing anything. She did not have any signs of this before - despite doctors suggesting that she must have (although we think they said this in case my father decided to sue the hospital, as there is a possibility something went wrong with the anesthetic).
Follow-up MRI scans have yet to show any physical damage to the brain: hypoxic brain injury is a possibility. Where my main query lies is, have any of you experienced anything like this?
No obvious signs of damage should be positive in terms of hope of recovery - but could there still be some damage to the brain which would cause this, yet it not be big enough to show up?
There hasn't been any real improvement or change since the coma medication wore off. My dad seems to think she is worse in some ways, and is at the point of considering selling up and returning to the UK
Give the complexity of this all, I did think it was a long-shot posting, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.