Michael Boatwright: Swedish-speaking amnesia patient ‘overwhelmed’ by media

July 16th, 2013 | by Kate McGinty | Comments
Michael Boatwright, who refers to himself as Johan Ek, is staying at Desert Regional Medical Center. (Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)

Michael Boatwright, who refers to himself as Johan Ek, is staying at Desert Regional Medical Center. (Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)

The story of Michael Boatwright — the U.S. Navy veteran who was found unconscious in a Palm Springs motel and is now being treated as an amnesia patient who only speaks Swedish — continues to make its way across the world.

The Desert Sun broke the story on July 7 about the 61-year-old man, who was found with him a duffel bag of casual athletic clothes, a backpack, five tennis rackets, two cell phones, some cash, a set of old photos and four forms of identification that all identified him as Boatwright.

Desert Regional Medical Center has been flooded with interview requests, and The Desert Sun has received a stream of requests from national and international media who want copies of Boatwright’s photos.

The Desert Sun has since tracked down Boatwright’s sister in the U.S. and his former girlfriend in Sweden. The hospital is trying to help Boatwright reach them, hospital spokesman Rich Ramhoff told The Desert Sun on Tuesday.

Boatwright is appreciative of the leads but has been “overwhelmed” by the influx of information and media attention, Ramhoff told The Desert Sun. Boatwright does not currently plan to make any more public statements, Ramhoff said.

The hospital continues to try to find a way to safely discharge Boatwright, Ramhoff said.

 

See all of our coverage:

STORY: The original story that detailed Boatwright’s story (July 7, 2013) by Victoria Pelham

STORY: The Desert Sun located Boatwright’s sister in the U.S. and a former girlfriend in Sweden (July 15, 2013) by Kate McGinty

RECAP: What we know about Michael Boatwright

VIDEO: Michael Boatwright speaks to The Desert Sun in Swedish by Jay Calderon

VIDEO: That video, but with the help of an English translator

PHOTOS: Boatwright and the images he carried with him when hew as found

PHOTOS: Boatwright in Sweden in the 1980s 

 

The story has also led to hundreds of tweets and Facebook posts:

 


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