SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) — A 10th-grader is suffering from a rare case of amnesia after being injured during a school performance.
Aly Vales, a sophomore at the prestigious and selective Santa Susana School of Performing arts, has been singing since she was a child.
But during a school performance on April 1, Aly fell from a pyramid during a cheerleading scene.
She suffered a concussion that her doctors say has erased her memory of the last five years.
With retrograde amnesia at 15 years old, Aly remembers nothing she learned and no people she met after the age of 10.
“It’s confusing. I don’t know what’s going on half the time,” she said.
Aly is getting reacquainted with friends, but her academic classes — especially math and science — have posed a major challenge.
Her doctor wrote a note asking school administrators to discount any grades Aly received after the accident.
But Aly says that she’s been told that she can’t continue to perform if she can’t earn a 2.0 GPA.
Neurologist Dr. We Mi said she believes Aly should stay at the school with familiar surroundings.
“I think it’s probably better for her to stay with her current environment because she has lots of support from her friends, from the teachers,” Mi said.
Now, Aly and her mother are asking for patience and support so she can continue doing the one thing she could never forget.
“I would like the extra help I need,” Aly said. “I want to stay in performing. I’ll do whatever it takes to bring my grades up.”
“It’s my life,” she said. “I’ve had it forever, of course I remember it.”