North Carolina resident Silvia Caswell waited for her husband to come round from anesthesia after a procedure in early 2014. She had no idea of what to expect – the after effects of being put under can be scary. But, as his sedative wore off, the results were funny rather than frightening. Her husband, Elijah, appeared to have forgotten what she looked like. As a result, it was as though he was looking at his wife through new eyes. And Silvia filmed Elijah’s dazed-and-confused reaction and posted the hilarious video online, where it has been watched almost half a million times.
Silvia, 31, is originally from Brazil but married Texan Elijah Caswell, 32, in 2005. They now live in the small settlement of Bunnlevel in Harnett County, NC, with their three young children. Silvia is a fitness instructor who is studying at the nearby Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine to be a physician, and Elijah is a stay-at-home dad. But, even though they share a life together and have enjoyed more than a decade of marriage, it seems their relationship was not immune from the amnesiac effects of general anesthesia.
Sadly, Elijah suffered damage to his brain in an incident from 2013. As a result of his subsequent condition, doctors decided they needed to take a closer look at his traumatized organ. Consequently, early the following year, Elijah was sent for a magnetic resonance angiography. Based on MRI, this measure involves the introduction of a dye substance to the patient’s brain which is then scanned. An image is then produced, with the contrasting dye highlighting any abnormalities in the blood vessels within the subject’s gray matter.
It is considered a safe procedure, but nevertheless, doctors had to put Elijah under general anesthesia to conduct the angiogram. Being placed under a general anesthetic is not without its risks, so having a loved one undergo it can be a worrying experience for any family. As a result, Silvia ensured that she was by her husband’s hospital bedside when he began to come round from the procedure.
However, as the groggy Elijah regained consciousness, it became clear that the anesthesia had indeed had an adverse effect on him. Losing consciousness this way can cause severe allergic reactions, including shivering and vomiting, dizziness and even death. General anesthesia can also lead to short-term confusion and memory loss. And the reawakened Elijah was certainly experiencing both of these side effects in a major way. He was in such a state, he had even forgotten what his wife looked like!
Silvia’s response was to film her husband at his bedside as the sedation wore off. In the resulting close-up footage, a sleepy Elijah sounds pretty woozy as he tells his wife, “You look so hot!” Evidently not one to turn down a compliment, Silvia says in reply, “Why thanks.” But then the mom-of-three adds, “You really don’t remember me losing weight?”
However, it seems that Elijah has no memory of his fitness instructor wife’s recent transformation at all. And, according to Silvia, it was quite a dramatic reduction in weight. She later claimed to have lost a sizable 77 pounds in a mere matter of months. As we can see in the video, Elijah is more than happy with the slimmed-down results. “Come here,” the prone patient playfully asks his wife. Sylvia protests, reminding him that he is currently in a hospital bed. “But there’s room for you,” Elijah points out.
Continuing with his bed-bound charm offensive, a flirty-minded Elijah then tells the filming Sylvia, “You look good.” Viewers of the video can hear the smile in the voice of the flattered wife as she replies, “Well thanks. I’ve been at it for a few months.” Thoughts of Silvia’s weight loss must have triggered something else in her husband’s clouded brain because the next exchange is hilarious.
A sleepily excited Elijah is then shown asking if he has lost weight too. But before Silvia can answer him in the negative, we see her husband eagerly lift his bed sheets to survey his figure. If he was hoping for a Silvia-style svelte transformation he is in for a massive disappointment. Upon discovering he has not shed any pounds, Elijah is unable to hide his dismay. “Oh man!” he cries.
At this point, an amused Silvia decides to test Elijah’s memory. “Do you know why you’re here?” she asks him. Her husband thinks for a moment, before suggesting the most random of reasons. “Um, to have sushi?” he responds quizzically. Perhaps all that talk of losing weight has made Elijah’s muddled mind fix on finding food.
After Silvia breaks the sad news that they are not in the hospital to eat Japanese food, Elijah’s confused consciousness produces another theory. “I was watching ESPN… over there,” he says, pointing at a TV mounted on a wall in the corner of the room. “Is that why we came?” the sports fan enquires. His wife pans the lens round to show that the set is switched off. He may be half asleep and temporarily confused, but nevertheless Elijah is still sure of one thing. “The Broncos suck,” he declares emphatically.
After receiving two wrong answers, Silvia puts the patient out of his misery. She reminds her husband that he had come to the medical facility for his MRI with angiogram. However, by this point in the proceedings, Elijah clearly only has one thing at the forefront of his befuddled brain. “Sounds like food,” he replies.
However, sustenance does not occupy his mind for long, and Elijah’s thoughts of cold food turn to something warmer. After opening his drooping eyes a little wider, he turns to Silvia to tell her, “I can’t believe how hot you are.” However, when his wife ignores his sleepy advances, his butterfly-like brain alights on food once more. “Can we have sushi?” he asks.
But the recovering patient is off on another thought tangent almost immediately. Elijah’s attention then turns to his family. “Where are the kids? How come they didn’t come see?” he asks. Silvia reminds him that they left them with a neighbor called “Adriana.” However, at that mixed-up moment in time, the name clearly means little to Elijah.
In fact, the patient has no inkling who this Adriana woman is. “I don’t remember her,” he confesses. The final minute or so of Silvia’s footage contains more random ramblings from her dazed-and-confused husband. He is shown struggling manfully to keep his eyes open. Eventually, Elijah’s addled mind turns to music, and we see him sweetly singing himself to sleep.
Once she had concluded filming the clip, Silvia apparently decided that her husband’s post-anesthesia mutterings were too hilarious to keep to herself. As a result, she shared her footage on the video sharing website YouTube, under the title, “My husband forgot I lost 77 lbs… Post sedation!”
Silvia posted the video of a sleepy and spaced-out Elijah coming round from his general anesthetic on February 5, 2014. And since that date, the YouTube hospital-room clip has clocked up more than 470,000 views. Furthermore, the funny footage has attracted 445 comments from a number of highly amused viewers.
Nevertheless, it appears that some YouTube users did not see the joke. One apparently concerned commenter asked, “Wow. What kind of messed up MRI did this poor guy have?!” They continued, “I’ve had MRIs before and never had to go through this. Hope he recovers completely! Good luck to you both!”
Meanwhile, another watcher found a romantic angle to the footage and pointed out how sweet Silvia and Elijah’s bond seemed. “What a loving relationship,” they wrote. “You can see the quality of man he is by his concern for your children. I am getting married this month and I’m so excited to have moments like this with the man I love.”