When Wesley Prosser came down with cold-like symptoms, he thought it would go away in a few days.
But he quickly got worse and was rushed to hospital when he became delirious.
He woke up six months later, unable to walk or talk and had no memory of the six months before he became ill.
Wesley, 26, was struck down with the auto-immune condition encephalitis – a potentially deadly condition that causes swelling on the brain.
The car salesman, from Santa Rosa, California, USA, said: ‘I was literally a newborn again. When I woke up I couldn’t walk, couldn’t talk.
‘It was scary and I was panicking.
‘I felt like my world was ending and I didn’t feel like there was any hope.
‘I thought I would never walk again and it’s taken me four years to learn.
‘I used to be so adventurous, I loved hiking and mountain biking so I really want to get back to that.’
Back in 2017, Wesley was feeling a little under the weather but friends realised something more serious was wrong so took him to hospital.
He said: ‘I just thought I had a cold and I went to the hospital but they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me so I was sent home.
‘I was just getting worse. My brain was deteriorating and everything became a blur.
‘I woke up in the hospital and I was literally a newborn again.
‘I was confused. It had been six months since I’d become ill and I have no recollection of those six months before.
‘There were some people I didn’t recognise.
‘My teeth were dead basically because I hadn’t been brushing them for months while I was in such a blur.
‘I had to restart my life at 22.’
He had to stop work for four years while he relearned how to walk, talk, write and eat.
He struggled as friends disappeared from his life.
After four years of therapy, Wesley is finally making progress and is able to walk unaided.
Last year, Wesley got engaged to fiancé, Griselda, 26, and the pair plan to marry next month.
He said: ‘I can’t wait to get married. Things are finally looking up.
‘A lot of people who I thought cared about me left so now I have a smaller group of friends but they’re people who actually care about me.
‘I can walk a bit now but not perfectly because four years on and I’m still trying to regain strength.
‘I’m still progressing with lots of therapy and lots of squats and I’m really happy with how far I’ve come.’
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