Mystery of Amnesia Is Fact of Daily Life for Teen

"You generally do not get a loss of information about the world, about words, factual information from a concussion or even from a moderately severe head injury," said Dr. Kenneth Perrine of the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group at the Weill-Cornell College of Medicine.

Hutcheson described the emotional impact of her injury.

"Not so much angry, just more frustrated," she said. "I am sad and, like, because there's a lot of great people that know me, and I don't remember them."

Her teammate Nancy Johnson, there from the beginning, wrote a poem about her lost friend, a 19-year-old struggling to find herself again.

"Kayla, are you in there, the girl I once knew? Now we are both strangers, our familiarities few.

"Kayla, you are next to me but your mind is gone. When will you come back to me, please tell me how long?

"Kayla, I love you, please don't ever forget. My name is Nancy, I am glad we just met."

For her part, Hutcheson strikes an upbeat tone when asked about her future.

"I want to go on and play basketball, and be a physical therapist," she said. "Hopefully the memory will come back."

If it doesn't, Hutcheson has new memories -- memories drawn from pictures of her, living a life she can't remember. It's like another class to be endured. Call it History of Kayla, 101.

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