Richard survived the surgery — or did he? When he regained consciousness, his memory was wiped clean. Nothing remained of his life before that day. No memory of his wife, children, friends … nothing. His life was effectively over, but another was just beginning. You can read a book about this experience (from his wife, Sonya’s perspective): Wondering Who You Are. You can also hear Sonya discuss the experience on this previous episode of Tangentially Speaking.