A man from Essex, England seemed like a very happy guy to all people he knew.
But when he was 35 years old he had an accident with a motorcycle nearly claimed his life in 2005.And that was the beginning of his story.
His family noticed that something bad happened to Warren McKinalay, he was struggling for 18 months that he wasn’t among the living ! he was sure he is a zombie.
he survived the accident with brain injuries that made him think he was not in this world !
Before this, he served 7 years in the British army as a member of royal electrical and mechanical engineers branch.
he was treated with many soldiers who were coming back from Afghanistan with no arms and no legs as he told Mirror online.
“I was surrounded by stories of death – it was like I was in a living nightmare. I refused to eat as I thought there was no point as I’d already died. It was like I was living in an alternate reality.”
he started to be distant with his relatives and friends and didn’t care about anything anymore … he was a real zombie, the thing he finally told his therapist.
So his had “walking corpse syndrome” or “Cotard’s Syndrome” it’s a very rare illness that let people think they are dead, they are walking dead with no internal organs or blood or they don’t exist !
Jules Cotard Wikipedia
“In 1880, the neurologist Jules Cotard described the condition as Le délire des négations (“The Delirium of Negation”), a psychiatric syndrome of varied severity.
Cotard delusion is a rare mental illness in which the affected person holds the delusional belief that they are already dead, does not exist, is putrefying, or has lost their blood or internal organs. Statistical analysis of a hundred-patient cohort indicates that the denial of self-existence is a symptom present in 69% of the cases of Cotard’s syndrome; yet, paradoxically, 55% of the patients present delusions of immortality”
Finally, McKinaly was treated in the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court in Surrey where he met other soldiers who were suffering from the same syndrome.
I can’t imagine how he lived thinking himself dead ! just trying to imagine is horrifying.