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This Woman With Cancer Who Has Amnesia Was Amazingly Reunited With Her Family

Doctors believe the amnesia might have been caused by antibodies from her tumor.

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Her amazing story was picked up by Steven Luke, a reporter for NBC 7 in San Diego, who posted her photos on his Facebook. They were shared more than 200,000 times. NBC 7 ran a story about "Sam", and that's when her nephew recognized her.

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Turns out "Sam" is actually Ashley Manetta, 53, Pennsylvania-born, who had been living in Southern California for the last couple years. She never married but has sisters in Colorado and Maryland.

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The tip from Manetta's nephew made its way to the FBI, which helped facilitate a reunion. “It was extremely emotional. We were all sobbing. They’re so sorry I had to go through what I did during this time without them,” Manetta told NBC.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Ryan Broderick at ryan@buzzfeed.com.

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