Man Wakes up One Morning Next to Woman Who Claims She's His Wife – But He Doesn't Know Her

Lois Oladejo
Sep 13, 2021
04:00 P.M.

Weird stories are almost part of human existence and make for relieving tales. The story of a man who woke up next to a stranger calling herself his wife seems to be in a class of its own.


Memories are the value of time. Being able to recall people and the moments we share makes communication easier and fun but once that memory is lost, what follows is confusion and panic.

The story of a man who woke up after a cozy night out with no memories of the last two decades became a viral piece of news on social media when it was reported.

Man who woke up with a sudden temporary interruption of short-term memory with his wife and kid. | Photo: Twitter/Thesun

Man who woke up with a sudden temporary interruption of short-term memory with his wife and kid. | Photo: Twitter/Thesun

After what might have been a few bottles to drown all the worries, 36-year-old Daniel Porter woke up to the shock of his life the next morning after he was free from the night before.

Porter found his environment strange, including his body, but most importantly, the lady next to him was not someone he thought he had seen before, and so he wondered who she might be.


The incident took place last year July, at the peak of COVID-19, and when Porter woke up, Ruth, the woman lying next to him, surprisingly explained that she was his wife.

Those words sounded alien to the confused 36-year-old, and for a moment, he thought he had been kidnapped. The 37-year-old Ruth had to take out time to convince Porter that he was indeed her husband.

Porter thought he was in an illusion. Although he had no idea of his present reality, he could recall who his parents were, but he had no remembrance of getting married, pregnant and owning a house.


Porter woke up to think he was still in the 1990s when he was a young schoolboy, so he woke up to get ready for school, and he was shocked when he was told he had a 10-year-old daughter.

Over 20 years' worth of memories vanished from Porter’s mental archives -- All that happened between 2000 to 2020. The dad-of-one then began a journey of getting back his memory.

According to his wife Ruth, Porter thought he had taken a woman home after a night out, and when she claimed to be his wife, he looked for an escape out of the room.


To make matters worse, Porter was scared of their family dogs. The same fur babies that had been his pets almost became a nightmare to him. He still doubted that he was married until his parents confirmed that he had a wife and a child.

Porter was disappointed when he saw himself in the mirror and wondered why he was fat. After being taken to the hospital, it was discovered that he suffered Transient Global Amnesia, a sudden, temporary interruption of short-term memory.

Although his family was told he would recover after a day, he did not make any progress, and as a result of his memory loss, he had to stop working as a hearing specialist. With the help of his family, Porter is now working through his trauma.

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