His IDs say he's Michael Boatwright and was born in Florida; he says he's Johan Ek and speaks only Swedish.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- When Michael Boatwright woke up in the emergency room, the nurses began asking him questions for which it became clear he had no answers.
The gray-haired, soft-spoken man looked at his identity card and didn't recognize his own face. He answered only to Johan Ek.
Though his driver's license said he was born in Florida, he spoke in Swedish and said he remembered nothing about his life before.
The man was found unconscious in a Motel 6 room at noon on Feb. 28 and taken to the hospital, said Lisa Hunt-Vasquez, the social worker assigned to track down relatives and help piece his story together. He had with him a duffel bag of casual athletic clothes, a backpack, five tennis rackets, two cellphones, some cash, a set of old photos and four forms of identification naming him as Michael Thomas Boatwright: a passport, a California identification card, a veteran's medical card and a Social Security card.
Following mental and physical health exams, Boatwright was diagnosed by a psychiatrist and psychologist on March 13 with transient global amnesia in a "fugue state," Hunt-Vasquez said. The conditions, both temporary and related to memory loss, were likely triggered by some kind of emotional or physical trauma.
That's pretty bizarre.
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