[OT: MSU Grad Found Unconscious, Diagnosed With Global Transient Amnesia]

Submitted by blueindy on July 15th, 2013 at 4:39 PM

MSU grad, found unconscious in a motel room in Palm Springs, CA, wakes up only able to speak Swedish, unable to remember his past or create new memories.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/15/michael-boatwright-wakes-up-sw…

MOD EDIT: To be fair, as unusual as the circumstances and the resulting condition are, it isn't exactly an "LOLSparty" moment, so we'll call it what it is. - LSA

Comments

mGrowOld

July 15th, 2013 at 5:03 PM ^

So he's using the old "found unconscious in a motel room in Palm Springs, CA, wakes up only able to speak Swedish, unable to remember his past or create new memories" excuse huh?

I tried that one once. Didn't work with my first wife.

Michigan Arrogance

July 15th, 2013 at 5:14 PM ^

This is a terrible degenerative illness that strikes more than one persons every century. Any jokes or lightheartedness as a result of this illness shall be deemed inappropriate. The only acceptable responses will be regarding expressions of condolences to the family.

/mgoblogthoughtpolice

LSAClassOf2000

July 15th, 2013 at 5:22 PM ^

There is a MyDesert.com piece which provides some of the things which are known about Michael Boatwright. Full story is here. Among them:

- He served from 1971 to 1973 in the U.S. Navy as an aviation mechanic, the Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed. 

 - Boatwright was likely a 3D graphic designer and had taught English in both Japan for 10 years and China for four years.

- Dade County Missing Persons Bureau says his parents were dead — his mother in 2012 and father in 1997. He had other aunts and uncles who had also died and another ex-wife he had divorced in 1983. He might have had two sisters in Sweden.

- Boatwright flew to Palm Springs from Hong Kong on Feb. 24, the day his Chinese visa expired. 

There is actually a series of comments from Swedish folks who saw the article and claim to know him, saying that he portrayed Johan Ek in renaissance fairs throughout Sweden. 

Danwillhor

July 15th, 2013 at 6:46 PM ^

but I find nothing funny about this. Even pre mod edit as I just noticed this and some people need to distance life from sports. This is not at all funny to me and kind of sad regardless of school or country, etc