Woman Re-Unites With Her Family After 50 Years Following Memory Loss ...

Woman Re-Unites With Her Family After 50 Years Following Memory Loss (PHOTOS, FILM)

By News Desk | The Trent on July 9, 2014
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When she tried to remember her family, one particular name popped into her head.

Ever imagined how you would feel if you lost your memory? Your guess is as good as mine.

This was exactly the case for Celestine Gandy Thompson who had lost all traces back to her family following a fire she survived in 1992.The octogenarian had left her country home in Mississippi aged 14 to explore the world. She finally ended up in New York where she lived for 30 years.

In 1992, she survived a fire which sent her into coma for 2 years. On regaining consciousness, she realized she had lost her memory. After years of searching, she finally reunited with her family after she was able to recollect the name of her nephew, Clarence Woolard

MS News Now reports:

A woman who has spent the past few decades regaining her memory after waking from a coma has finally been reunited with her family right here in South Mississippi.

In 1957, at just 14-years-old, Celestine Gandy Thompson left Mississippi to see the world. She eventually made her way to Buffalo, NY, where she lived for more than 30 years.

She survived a fire back in 1992 that left her in a coma for nearly two years. Since she woke up, she has been struggling to regain her memories. When she tried to remember her family, one particular name popped into her head; her nephew Clarence Woolard.

“The girl asked me, she said, ‘how long has it been, and did you ever find any of your biological family.’ I said, ‘no baby, I wouldn’t know where to start.’ She said, ‘just give me a name,’ and his name popped up in my head,” said Thompson. “So she went into the phone and she found him, and that’s just how this came together.”

Once Woolard spread the word that Thompson was alive and well, the family couldn’t wait to reunite with her.

When she tried to remember her family, one particular name popped into her head.
When she tried to remember her family, one particular name popped into her head.

“In our minds, me and my brother was talking that she wasn’t here anymore, because we hadn’t heard from her in so long. You know, we were overwhelmed and overjoyed when we found out that we had gotten in contact with her,” said Thompson’s nephew, Donald Davis.

When she tried to remember her family, one particular name popped into her head.
When she tried to remember her family, one particular name popped into her head.

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“That was wonderful. I’ve been thinking about her and wondering would I ever see her again. Would I ever get in contact again, but I was overwhelmed when I heard from her,” said Thompson’s niece Helen Woodward. “I was joyful. I was very joyful.”

After nearly 50 years of separation, Thompson began to lose hope that she would ever see her family again, which is why she is so thankful for this day.

Celestine Gandy Thompson and her family
Celestine Gandy Thompson and her family

“It’s a blessing. I prayed for this day. That the good Lord would let me live long enough for this day to come together to be with my family again,” said Thompson.

It was an emotional reunion between Celestine Gandy Thompson and her family in Gulfport.
It was an emotional reunion between Celestine Gandy Thompson and her family in Gulfport.

Thompson now lives in Greensboro, AL. Since being reconnected with her family, she has learned that she has 23 nieces and nephews, 64 grand nieces and nephews, 66 great-grand nieces and nephews and 34 great-great-grand nieces and nephews.

Video: http://www.msnewsnow.com/clip/10336568/coma-victim-who-lost-her-memories-is-reunited-with-family-in-gulfport

 

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