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American man with amnesia returns to Sweden to find himself

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 01:30

Aug. 21 - An American man who woke up in a California hospital earlier this year only speaking Swedish, returns to the Scandinavian country to find himself again. Tara Cleary reports.

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American Michael Boatwright greets his former girlfriend, Ewa Espling at Sweden's Gothenburg airport. They haven't seen each other for almost 30 years, and yet Boatwright still speaks fluent Swedish. But that's the only language he speaks right now. The 61-year-old U.S. Navy veteran awoke confused after a seizure to find that he'd lost much of his memory, and his comprehension of English. SOUNDBITE: Michael Boatwright, who is suffering from memory loss, saying (Swedish): "I was shaking as if I had an epileptic fit which it wasn't but I was shaking badly and I didn't know where I was or who I was and suddenly there was a nurse asking, 'Who are you, who are you? What are you saying? I don't understand what you're saying.'" Boatwright - who lived in Sweden for several years during the 1980s and 90s -- hopes time in the Scandinavian country will help him find parts of himself that have been lost. SOUNDBITE: Michael Boatwright, who is suffering from memory loss, saying (Swedish): "I know a little but I want to know it all, the whole me, and I think here I can get the answers and that is the aim, to get the answers here."

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American man with amnesia returns to Sweden to find himself

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 01:30