Man found in California motel awakens with amnesia

AP News
Posted: Jul 15, 2013 8:54 PM

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Doctors in a Southern California hospital are looking into the mystery of a Florida man who awoke with no memory of his past, speaking only Swedish.

The Desert Sun ( reports Michael Boatwright woke up with amnesia, calling himself Johan Ek. He doesn't remember his two ex-wives, or his son.

Police transported Boatwright to the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs after he was found unconscious in a Motel 6 room in February.

The 61-year-old U.S. Navy veteran was diagnosed with Transient Global Amnesia, which stops people from creating new memories. Doctors say his new identity is part of his condition. Officials say online evidence suggests he was born in Sweden, although his ID lists his birthplace as Florida.

Boatwright has no insurance or income and will be treated until doctors decide how to discharge him safely.