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5 Oct 2017

So Weird! Meet the Woman Whose Dementia Makes Her Regularly Beat Up Her Husband (Photos)

The story has been told of the married woman whose dementia makes her beat up her own husband regularly because of her mood swings.
Lorayne Burgess with husband Simon (Picture: PA Real Life)
Lorayne Burgess, a 51-year-old woman regularly assaults her husband because she has dementia.

According to Metro UK, Lorayne Burgess, who wed partner Simon, 46, in January 2016, cannot control her mood swings and violent rages due to her condition.

This causes her lash out at her husband at their home in Lydd, Kent.

‘I fly at him,’ Mrs Burgess said. ‘It’s not my true personality. I call the violent Lorayne, ‘Katie’. ‘Simon can say, “That was silly,” and whereas before my illness, I would have reacted reasonably, now I react horribly. I’m violent and I’m verbally abusive.’

Mrs Burgess was diagnosed with rare frontotemporal dementia in March 2015, five years after she met Mr Burgess on an internet dating site. The condition affects just 16,000 people in Britain and had caused her to become forgetful, lack empathy, be socially inappropriate and have constant mood swings.

‘I’d leave the cooker on and forget to turn taps off,’ Mrs Burgess added. ‘It came to a head when I was looking after my now three-year-old grandson, Brayden, and I forgot to close the upstairs gate. ‘I heard a noise, walked into the hallway and saw Brayden at the top of the stairs in his walker, literally teetering on the top step. I raced up and caught him just in time.’

Her husband Simon, daughter Lauren, 28, and son Jordan, 23, had convinced her to get medical help after noticing changes in her behaviour.

She got married ten months after her diagnosis in a converted windmill in Willesborough, near Ashford, Kent, with a budget of just £4,000. ‘It was wonderful,’ she said. ‘My daughter was my bridesmaid and my son my best man – it was lovely.’

But things have got worst since and as well as the violence, the grandmother says she no longer feels deep emotions.

She added: ‘As my brain is eaten away, my personality is too.’ ‘There are good days and bad days, but the bad are starting to outweigh the good. ‘The old Lorayne, the kind Lorayne, is disappearing.’

Most sufferers of frontotemporal dementia die within eight years of the onset of symptoms and the condition is thought to be hereditary.

Despite the prognosis, Mrs Burgess, who was adopted as a child, plans to live life to the fullest.

She added: ‘I know there will come a point, probably soon, where I am in a wheelchair and I don’t remember people’s faces,’ she said. ‘But, until then, I will grasp hold of each day.’

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