Arizona Man Wakes Up One Morning And Can’t Remember His Own Wife After 5 Years Of Marriage

On September 28, 2016, Adam Gonzales woke up with amnesia. He did not recognize his wife, Raquel, whom he had married a little more than a year prior. He did not know who she was, that they were married, or that they had been busy raising three children together.

According to AZ Central, the amnesia was triggered by a brain injury that Gonzales had suffered five years prior when he was attacked, and that had left him in a coma for four months. Doctors told Gonzales that it was unlikely he’d live. “They were telling my family, ‘If he makes it, he’s going to be a vegetable for the rest of his life,’ ” he said. Adam was strong, however, and beat the odds. He moved to Arizona, met Raquel, and the two hit it off. They married, and enjoyed a loving relationship for a year, before Adam woke up without any recollection of who his wife was.

Raquel explained to AZ Central, “There were times where Adam said, ‘Let’s just get a divorce. If I can’t remember you and I don’t know you’re my wife and I don’t love you anymore, let’s just call it quits.'”

As time went on, however, the two rebuilt their relationship. And it– once more– flourished into love. “My wife, God bless her, she had me fall in love with her. She did things to help me fall in love and get to know her all over again,” Adam said to AZ Central. “That was encouraging that she was standing by me through all of this.”

Now, the couple has a blog called “Faith, Family, & Friendships”, where they’ve written about their experience together. “We firmly believe that there is value in sharing our ‘testimony’ and reminding others that there is hope in any situation,” a section of their blog reads. Adam adds, “Looking back on everything I’ve gone through in my life and my journey — the hurt, the pain — I thank God for those friends that he put in my life to help me through that journey. I thank God for my wife that never gave up on me even when I wanted to give up on the union of marriage.”

H/T: AZ Central, Twitter