Am­ne­sia woman makes world plea for help

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A WOMAN suf­fer­ing with am­ne­sia who be­lieves she could be Aus­tralian has ap­peared on US TV in the hope some­one will be able to help iden­tify her.

Speak­ing with what sounds like a slightly English ac­cent, “Sam”, who doesn’t know her name af­ter be­ing found on a street cor­ner in Cal­i­for­nia on Fe­bru­ary 1 with­out iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, said she was des­per­ate to find her iden­tity. She said she felt a con­nec­tion to Perth and had “retro am­ne­sia”.

Sam said she was di­ag­nosed with stage three ovar­ian can­cer af­ter author­i­ties found her and took her to hos­pi­tal. She then had a large tu­mour re­moved. “I just feel like there’s a thick fog over my mind, my mem­ory, over my brain that I can’t see through,” she said. “I can’t re­mem­ber any­thing. How I got here? I didn’t have any­thing on me, no jew­ellery, no purse, noth­ing.”

The FBI said a fin­ger­print check had failed to iden­tify her.

A Face­book cam­paign has been launched by Sam and sup­port­ers, with the FBI ac­knowl­edg­ing that so­cial media will likely be the key to solv­ing the mys­tery.

“They’re ba­si­cally us­ing so­cial media in an ef­fort to cast a wider net in an ef­fort to iden­tify who she is,” agent Dar­rell Fox­worth said.

Sam, be­lieved to be about 50 years old, has brown eyes, stands 170cm tall and her hair was blonde be­fore it fell out af­ter she re­ceived treat­ment.

She re­mem­bers swimming at Perth’s Cottes­loe Beach, Syd­ney’s Bondi Beach, Cairns, By­ron Bay and in Hawaii.

Sam be­fore her treat­ment.

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