July 16th, 2013
02:31 PM ET

Man Remembers Nothing, Speaks Only Swedish

A bizarre and puzzling medical mystery is unfolding in California. An American man wakes up in a hotel room with no memory of who he is or where he comes from, and even stranger, he is only speaking Swedish.

Four months ago, police found this Navy veteran unconscious in a southern California Motel Six. On him – a US passport and his veteran's ID, identifying him as Michael Boatwright.

But when he woke up in the emergency room, he had never heard of Michael Boatwright!

He said his name was Johan Ek, and he could only speak Swedish, CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports. His diagnosis: Boatwright is in what's called a fugue state brought on by trauma.

At the moment, Boatwright is at Desert Regional Medical Center. They'd like to send him home, as soon as they learn where home is.

 

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