American Amnesiac Michael Boatwright Wakes Up Speaking Swedish
This happened to a man discovered unconscious in a Palm Springs, California Motel 6 room in February 2013.
A gentle, soft-spoken man, he cannot confirm any of the evidence found on him. Not his drivers license, not family photos. The license names him as Michael Boatwright, born in Florida. The photos show an Asian woman and children. Other than that he has a Social Security card, passport, a veteran's medical card, a duffel bag, five tennis rackets, two cellphones, and a little cash. The veteran's card indicates Boatwright served in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1973 as an aviation mechanic. The staff tell him that. He does not know, is without memory of his life to date.
Palm Springs doctors cannot talk to him in English. They need a Swedish interpreter. The interpreter believes he might have once lived in Sweden. The hospital has appealed for somebody, anybody, to come forward and identify the mystery patient.
He says he is Johan Ek, because that name feels right. Following mental and physical health exams, he was diagnosed at Desert Regional Medical Center on March 13th with transient global amnesia, a total memory loss probably triggered by some kind of emotional or physical trauma, but of course he can't tell them what.
So what have they found out about him? Lisa Hunt-Vasquez, a social worker, searched the internet to learn Boatwright was a 3D graphic designer who taught English in Japan for 10 years and then in China for four.