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American man wakes up speaking Swedish

Posted on Sunday, 21 July, 2013 | Comment icon 31 comments | News tip by: keithisco

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Doctors in the United States remain baffled by the bizarre case of 61-year-old Michael Boatwright.

It is believed that Boatwright had been staying at a California motel to attend a tennis tournament when he was found unconscious. Medics took him to a local medical center where upon awakening he started to speak exclusively in Swedish and couldn't remember who he was. Despite extensive inquiries authorities were unable to contact his relatives or determine anything else about him.

"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 recognise anybody," he said.

"American Michael Boatwright has left doctors baffled after waking up speaking only Swedish."

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Comment icon #22 Posted by and then on 23 July, 2013, 1:22
Reminds me of a psych prof making fun of a condition called "psychogenic fugue" people "wake up" and they've forgotten their past and started over again in a new city....but it's never a worse city or circumstance
Comment icon #23 Posted by LAPOSKY on 24 July, 2013, 22:31
We only feel that this is mysterious because we do not have an explanation for these types of occurrences. Nothing in Creation should be a mystery to man if man lives in the conscious Will of Almighty. He will provide answers to all happenings himself and will not be confused by several articles and reports of those who still try to explain spiritual occurrences with their intellect. Science is man's intellectual approach in understanding his earthly surrounding by studying and be able to harness knowledge about them for the good benefits of mankind. From it we were able to invent gadgets,... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Still Waters on 22 August, 2013, 14:27
Update - An American man, who woke up speaking Swedish but with no idea of his identity, has travelled to Sweden in the hope of restoring his memory.
Comment icon #25 Posted by brlesq1 on 26 August, 2013, 0:31
I dunno...sounds kinda fishy to me. I know they're not foolproof or anything, but anybody think about giving this guy a lie-detector test?
Comment icon #26 Posted by Kaa-Tzik on 8 September, 2013, 9:07
Which Swedish word did he speak when he woke?, hej perhaps, in which case all Americans can speak Swedish, and Norwegian and Danish...
Comment icon #27 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 9 September, 2013, 6:31
I think this is a weird subconscious thing .i speak Japanese when i get a little drunk ,and i don't do it on purpose .It just comes out .
Comment icon #28 Posted by baro67 on 18 November, 2013, 17:30
You cannot find the answer to cases such as these in normal areas of reality..I think that simply is reappearance to the surface the personality who had in a previous life..he obviously was a Sweden
Comment icon #29 Posted by Lava_Lady on 18 November, 2013, 21:54
He actually did live in Sweden... in his current life. Has a bunch of friends there that remember him... even a girl friend. He even knows how to speak Swedish.... because he lived in Sweden for awhile.... in this current life.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Eldorado on 18 November, 2013, 22:34
He's quite obviously insane. (How the hell can you forget you have/had a Swedish girlfriend?)

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