Marlon, Rosetta, and Detective Brown finally met Doctor Hale, the doctor who had been treating Rosangela, and consulted about the condition of Rosangela to the doctor. Doctor Hale advised that they needed to carry out a series of tests on Rosangela to find out what’s wrong with her. Marlon and Rosetta Sinclair agreed with his suggestion. Therefore, the doctor did the medical examination straightaway.
As soon as the doctor got Rosangela’s test results, he gathered Marlon and Rosetta Sinclair along with Detective Roger Brown in his office to discuss about Rosangela’s condition.
“So, what’s happened to my daughter, Doctor? Why can’t she remember anything related to her captivity?” Rosetta Sinclair plied Doctor Hale with questions from the moment they arrived at the doctor’s office.
“The patient’s medical tests show that she suffers from PTSD,” Doctor Hale answered after reading Rosangela’s medical record.
“Forgive my ignorance, but what is PTSD, Doctor?” Marlon Sinclair asked in puzzlement.
The doctor gave an explanation, “PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on their life.”
Dr. Hale paused to gather his breath, then went on, “Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in how a person thinks and feels, and an increase in the fight-or-flight response. These symptoms usually last for more than a month after the event. In the typical case, the individual with PTSD persistently avoids trauma-related thoughts and emotions, and discussion of the traumatic event, and may even have amnesia of the event.”
Rosetta gasped and her hand clamped over her mouth. “So, you’re saying that my daughter is suffering from amnesia as a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?”
“Unfortunately, yes,” replied Doctor Hale sympathetically, “The patient apparently suffers from Dissociative Amnesia as a result from a psychological cause. An individual with Dissociative Amnesia usually represses their memories of stressful or traumatic events in their lives. This is also what happened to your daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair. She is trying to bolt out all horrifying memory of her abduction for it was too painful for her to dwell on.”
“Oh God! My daughter...,” Rosetta sobbed.
Marlon put a consoling arm around his wife’s shoulders.
“Can a patient with Dissociative Amnesia regain their lost memory, Doctor?” Detective Roger Brown inquired curiously.
Doctor Hale elaborated, “There is still a possibility that the person with Dissociative Amnesia will make partial or complete recovery of memory. Because the memory of that traumatic events is basically still stored in their long-term memory, only access to it is impaired because of psychological defense mechanisms. But we can’t make sure when the person will regain the memory that they have lost and how long the amnesia will continue depends on the type and severity of the lesion.”
“What is the most effective treatment for Dissociative Amnesia and PTSD, Doctor?” Detective Brown posed another question.
“There are currently no drugs for restoring memory lost due to amnesia. In most cases, amnesia resolves itself without treatment. However, if an underlying physical or mental disorder is present, treatment may be necessary,” replied Doctor Hale.
“What kind of treatment is needed, Doctor?” Detective Brown asked again.
“The treatment include Psychotherapy and Hypnosis,” Doctor Hale answered, “Psychotherapy proved to be one of the effectual ways that can help some patients to get their lost memory back. In addition, Hypnosis can also be an effective way of recalling memories that have been forgotten.”
“Oh I see!” Detective Brown nodded in understanding.
“Meanwhile,” Doctor Hale continued, “the main treatments for people with PTSD are psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Everyone is different, so a treatment that works for one person may not work for another. Therefore, some people may need to try different treatments to find what works best for their symptoms.”
“Do as you think best to help Rosangela recover her lost memory, Doctor!” Detective Brown ordered, “The sooner she gets her memory back, the quicker we can catch her kidnappers.”
Doctor Hale was about to answer but Rosetta beat him to it, “I’m sorry, Detective, but I beg to differ. I don’t think we need to do treatment on my daughter.”
Detective Roger Brown was startled by her statement. “What are you talking about, Mrs. Sinclair?”
“My daughter has subconsciously chosen to forget the traumatic ordeal she had been through, so I think we should not force her to remember the terrifying events of her captivity,” Rosetta replied firmly.
Detective Brown disagreed with her, “Excuse me, but if Rosangela doesn’t testify against her kidnappers, we won’t be able to send them to prison.”
“I don’t care two hoots about those kidnappers, as long as my daughter is all right, nothing else matters to me,” Rosetta hissed.
“But your daughter will never be able to breathe easily as long as her kidnappers are still at large, Mrs Sinclair,” Detective Brown reminded her, “Who can guarantee that those kidnappers won’t be back and attempt to abduct your daughter again?”
“The eyes of the world are on my daughter right now since she is the only missing girl who was found alive. Therefore, I bet that they won’t dare to try kidnapping her again,” Rosetta said with confidence.
“Maybe they won’t dare to abduct your daughter again, but what if they try to kill her instead?” Detective Brown said apprehensively.
“Why should they want to kill my daughter?” Rosetta sniggered with disbelief.
Detective Roger Brown explained, “Rosangela is a key witness in the abduction of dozens of girls from various parts of the world. So there is a possibility that those kidnappers will be after her life in order that their real identities won’t be exposed.”
“Then I am going to ask the authority to put my daughter under police protection to make sure she’ll come to no harm,” Rosetta stated petulantly.
“But the police can’t shield her from danger forever, Mrs. Sinclair. That’s why it is important for your daughter to receive treatment so that she can get her memories back soon and we can eventually capture the people who had kidnapped her,” Detective Brown tried to persuade her.
“No matter what you say, Detective, I won’t allow my daughter to undergo some sort of treatment for post traumatic stress disorder or amnesia, period!” Rosetta said with finality.
“Look, Mrs. Sinclair! Your daughter was held hostage for more than a year. And God knows what they might have done to Rosangela during her captivity. Don’t you want to bring those responsible to justice?” Detective Brown tried to reason with her.
Rosetta was just about to give a sharp retort, but her husband interrupted her, “I think Detective Brown is right, Honey. I understand that casting her mind back to the times of her kidnapping would only reopen Rosanne’s old wounds. However, it would be unfair on Rosanne if we let her kidnappers go unpunished. That’s why it’s important for Rosanne to get her memory back, so that she will be able to identify her captors and the police can hunt down those kidnappers and send them to prison.”
Rosetta pondered over her husband’s words for a moment before she decided, “Fine. I will allow my daughter to undergo treatment for PTSD. However, I don’t want you to force her to recall what had happened to her. Let everything run naturally.”
“I agree with you, Honey. We’ll have to do it slowly but surely,” Marlon stood up for his wife.
“OK, so that’s settled then!” Detective Brown exclaimed before he turned to look at Doctor Hale. “Doctor, I want you to make an appointment for Rosangela to see a psychiatrist right away so that we can start her treatment for the PTSD soon.”
Doctor Hale nodded. “All right, Detective, I will.”
“Detective, make sure you catch those kidnappers as soon as possible!” Rosetta requested urgently, “Those kidnappers must pay for what they had done to my daughter!”
“Don’t worry, Mrs. Sinclair! I will ensure that people who had kidnapped your daughter are brought to book through the courts,” Detective Brown assured her.
“Good!” Rosetta’s lips curved in a satisfied smile.
After exchanging words for a while, Marlon and Rosetta Sinclair, along with Detective Inspector Roger Brown finally took leave of Doctor Henry Hale. No sooner had they left the doctor’s office than a hooded figure emerged from a door at the far end of the room. At that very moment, Doctor Hale rose to his feet and bowed deferentially.
The hooded person walked up to the doctor’s desk and spoke to him, “Thank you, Doctor. Because of you, now they all believe that the princess is really suffering from PTSD and it causes her to have amnesia.”
“There’s no need to thank me. It is my duty to help you, Your Highness,” Doctor Hale said humbly.
“Here’s a small gift as a token of my gratitude.” The hooded person produced a small box from their robe and set it down on the desk in front of the doctor.
“Oh Your Highness, you shouldn’t have!” Doctor Hale said suavely.
“No, Doctor, you deserve it after all that hard work you have done for me,” the hooded person insisted.
“Thank you very much, Your Highness,” Doctor Hale said gratefully.
“Not at all,” the hooded person replied nonchalantly. “And doctor,” they added.
“Yes, Your Highness?” responded Doctor Hale.
“I would be most grateful if you would keep this matter confidential,” the hooded person stated.
“You have my word, Your Highness. I won’t tell a soul,” Doctor Hale promised.
“Yeah, I believe that I can rely on you to keep our secret, Doctor,” said the hooded person.
“Thank you for putting your trust in me, Your Highness. I promise I will not let you down,” Doctor Hale assured the hooded person.
“You’d better not disappoint me, Doctor, or else you’ll have to suffer the consequences!” The hooded person said threateningly.
Doctor Hale gave a gulp.
“Well, I must be going now,” the hooded person announced, “I will give you a call if I need any help, Doctor.”
“Sure. I’m looking forward to your call, Your Highness,” said Doctor Hale.
With a curt nod, the hooded person spun around and lastly pranced out of the room.
Shortly after the hooded person disappeared from view, Doctor Hale lifted the gift box off the desk. Gingerly, he opened the box and looked inside. His eyes glittered with greed when he found the biggest diamond he had ever seen in the box.
“It’s a pleasure to do business with a royal family,” Doctor Hale mumbled to himself as he snapped the box shut, grinning from ear to ear.