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Man Loses Memory After Surgery

November 24, 2000

DRUMS, Pa. (AP) _ Hugh Campbell III can’t remember his life between 1980 and his liver transplant surgery in 1994.

``My wife had to introduce me to our five children,″ Campbell said. ``I thought they were still in grade school. I didn’t recognize my grandchildren.″

Doctors don’t know if Campbell, who is now in his mid-60s, will regain the memory he lost as a side effect to the surgery.

``One doctor said it won’t happen and another said it could happen,″ he said earlier this month.

The 14-year gap encompasses some of the most prominent years of Campbell’s career as an electrical engineer.

In 1992, as a manager for Pittsburgh-based Dravo Engineers, he went to China to help start a plant that converted low-grade coal to fuel. There’s a photo of Campbell at the Great Wall of China but he doesn’t remember being there and he can’t recognize his co-workers in the picture.

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