Speaking a foreign language is always an advantage, especially when applying for a new job. However, waking up from a black out and being able to speak only the foreign language could prove problematic.
61 year old Michael Boatwright from Florida passed out and woke up in a motel in California, speaking nothing but Swedish. He tried to explain in the Scandinavian language that he was Johan Ek and that he didn’t know where he was. According to doctors, he was suffering from transient global amnesia. They believed he was headed at a tennis tournament in Coachella Valley, which could be a symptom of his condition as spontaneous and unplanned travel is a known indicator of TGA. The disorder most often occurs in people around 56-75.
Mr. Boatwright doesn’t remember his friends and family even from the pictures he has with them, let alone his native language.