Brain injury survivor with short-term memory issues writes to remember

Mr Jonathan Liu used to have to write down everything as new information would fade from his memory within minutes, but his condition has since improved. The brain injury survivor is the founder of Broken Brains, which hopes to improve the lives of t
Mr Jonathan Liu used to have to write down everything as new information would fade from his memory within minutes, but his condition has since improved. The brain injury survivor is the founder of Broken Brains, which hopes to improve the lives of those affected by traumatic head injuries.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Clockwise from above left: Mr Liu, pictured with his mother, eventually graduated with a double degree from San Jose State University in California in 2007, after crashing his Nissan Altima into a power pole on Dec 21, 2005. Even today, he still make
Mr Liu, pictured with his mother, eventually graduated with a double degree from San Jose State University in California in 2007, after crashing his Nissan Altima into a power pole on Dec 21, 2005.PHOTO: COURTESY OF JONATHAN LIU
Clockwise from above left: Mr Liu, pictured with his mother, eventually graduated with a double degree from San Jose State University in California in 2007, after crashing his Nissan Altima into a power pole on Dec 21, 2005. Even today, he still make
Mr Liu, pictured with his mother, eventually graduated with a double degree from San Jose State University in California in 2007, after crashing his Nissan Altima (above) into a power pole on Dec 21, 2005.PHOTO: COURTESY OF JONATHAN LIU
Clockwise from above left: Mr Liu, pictured with his mother, eventually graduated with a double degree from San Jose State University in California in 2007, after crashing his Nissan Altima into a power pole on Dec 21, 2005. Even today, he still make
Even today, he still makes it a habit to jot down his thoughts.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Network engineer who faces short-term memory issues also uses aids like mobile apps

Network engineer Jonathan Liu used to furiously scribble every conversation he had in small notebooks that he would keep in his backpack or pockets. These notebooks, filled with writings and drawings, serve as a record of his days.

He needs them because new information would fade from his memory within minutes. Mr Liu, 39, was involved in a horrific traffic accident more than 10 years ago that left him with difficulties retaining short-term memories.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 10, 2018, with the headline 'Brain injury survivor writes to remember'. Print Edition | Subscribe