Amnesiac Found At California Motel Moves To Sweden

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Michael Boatwright was discovered in a Motel 6 room in Palm Springs in February suffering from Transient Global Amnesia and only speaking Swedish

Michael Boatwright (courtesy ABC News)

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A man who was found unconscious in a California motel and awoke speaking only Swedish, with no memory of his past, has arrived in Sweden.

The Desert Sun reports 61-year-old Michael Boatwright was greeted by Ewa Espling, a Swedish woman he dated in the early 1980s.

Public records show Boatwright lived in Sweden on and off between 1981 and 2003.

Boatwright was discovered in a Motel 6 room in Palm Springs in February. He referred to himself as Johan Ek, but authorities found ID that identified him as Michael Boatwright.

In March, doctors diagnosed him with Transient Global Amnesia, a condition triggered by trauma that can last for months.

The rare mental disorder is characterized by memory loss, "sudden and unplanned travel," and possible adoption of a new identity.


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