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The mum who wakes up every day thinking it’s October 15 2014

A woman says she feels as if she is living out Hollywood blockbuster 50 First Dates as she has spent the last nine months relieving the same day after she hit her head.

Collect of nikki's head injury. Nikki Pegram, 28, a former pub manager, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, is the real life Drew Barrymore.Since passing out and banging her head in October 2014, the mum-of-one wakes up every day thinking it is the following day.Each morning, with the help of her partner Chris, 39, a groundskeeper, Nikki has to learn that in fact it is nine months later and she has been diagnosed with retrograde amnesia.

Nikki’s life changing injury

Amnesia sufferer Nikki Pegram woke up today, as she does every day, believing it is October 15, 2014 – the day she whacked her head on a metal pole.

Like Lucy, played by Drew Barrymore, the 28-year-old has to relive the same day over and over again with the help of her groundskeepers partner Chris Johnston, 39.

But the mum-of-one, of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, says her life is no romantic comedy.

Each morning Nikki has to rely on a memory notebook explaining what has happened to her – otherwise she thinks she’s still in 2014 and 27 years old.

Her retrograde amnesia is so severe that father to her child Chris has to spend hours every morning explaining what year it is.

At first Nikki tells how she thought he was playing a prank on her.

And ever since her head injury nine months ago, she has no idea the royal baby Charlotte was born, that Zayn has left One Direction or that we now have a Conservative government.

She said: “Every day when I wake up, I have no idea that actually nine months have passed and it’s 2015.

Collects of Nikki befor her accident in October 2014. Nikki Pegram, 28, a former pub manager, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, is the real life Drew Barrymore.Since passing out and banging her head in October 2014, the mum-of-one wakes up every day thinking it is the following day.Each morning, with the help of her partner Chris, 39, a groundskeeper, Nikki has to learn that in fact it is nine months later and she has been diagnosed with retrograde amnesia.

Nikki and her partner before her accident

“I’m the real life Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates, but amnesia is not as fun and comical as the film makes it look.

“I’ve missed Christmas, family holidays and even my own birthday because I can’t remember anything after the accident.”

In October 2014, Nikki, a former pub manager, fell over and hit her head on a metal pole outside Kettering General Hospital – after she’d been seen for a knee injury following a kick boxing lesson.

Pages from Nikki's noatpad. Nikki Pegram, 28, a former pub manager, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, is the real life Drew Barrymore.Since passing out and banging her head in October 2014, the mum-of-one wakes up every day thinking it is the following day.Each morning, with the help of her partner Chris, 39, a groundskeeper, Nikki has to learn that in fact it is nine months later and she has been diagnosed with retrograde amnesia.

Nikki has a notepad that she reads every morning to remember what happened

She said: “I remember having my knee looked at getting the results of the X-ray, but after that everything is a blur.

“I’ve been told I was waiting for Chris to pick me up, during that time, I must have lost my balance and fallen over – but I don’t remember any of that.”

When Chris arrived to pick her up, doctors were crowded around Nikki, was rushed back inside the hospital – this time to be treated for head injuries.

After a two-hour-long seizure and various scans, she was discharged the next day and told she had short term memory loss – and wouldn’t remember anything that happened before the accident.

She added: “The hardest part of everyday is learning that I no longer have a job, that’s it’s now 2015 and that I’ve missed my birthday.”

WELLINGBOROUGH, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, 26/06/2015 Nickki Pegram the real life Drew Barrymore 50 first dates. Nikki Pegram, 28, a former pub manager, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, is the real life Drew Barrymore.Since passing out and banging her head in October 2014, the mum-of-one wakes up every day thinking it is the following day.Each morning, with the help of her partner Chris, 39, a groundskeeper, Nikki has to learn that in fact it is nine months later and she has been diagnosed with retrograde amnesia.

Nikki has been diagnosed with retrograde amnesia.

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