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PALM SPRINGS, Calif.Since February, doctors have been following the case of Michael Boatwright, a Florida man who awoke with amnesia after being found unconscious in a Southern California motel. Boatwright, 61, was found unconscious Feb. 28 in a Motel 6 room in Palm Springs, Calif., and after police arrived, he was transported to the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. When he awoke, the man was only speaking Swedish, calling himself Johan Ek.
Boatwright, who appears to have lived in Sweden for much of his life, has an online portfolio that says he got a bachelors from Michigan State and Masters from Stockholm University.
After an extensive search, medical personnel and social workers have been unable to locate Boatwright's next of kin. Authorities are still unsure of his birthplace, listed on his ID as Florida - photos show him in Sweden at a young age.
He doesn't remember his son and two ex-wives, either.
Originally posted by stonedgolfer
reply to post by gortex
That may explain how he knows swedish but not how he forgot english or the fact that he's claiming to be a completely different person lol. His exact words were...
"The guy Michael -- it wasn't me. I'm still Johan," Boatwright told the newspaper through a translator in early July. "Sometimes it makes me really sad and sometimes it just makes me furious about the whole situation and the fact that I don't know anybody, I don't recognize anybody,"
I just dont understand how the amnesia made him create a completely new alias..he goes from Michael Boatwright to Johan Ek...very weird situation altogether..it makes you wonder where in the depths of his brain/memories did this johan ek alias come from...or did his mind completely weave new fabrics and create false memories
Originally posted by Hellmutt
Maybe they've had a head transplant? Just an idea...
Italian Neurosurgeon says he is ready to transplant heads...
Originally posted by babybunnies
There are actually commonplace stories of people waking up with amnesia but speaking a completely new language, at least common place among amnesiacs.
It's a weird phenomenon though.