Dutch seek to identify 'piano man' patient
23 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — A hospital in Nijmegen has been caring for a mystery man for six weeks, and during that time he has not said a word.
23 June 2006
AMSTERDAM — A hospital in Nijmegen has been caring for a mystery man for six weeks, and during that time he has not said a word.
A spokesperson for St Radboud said on Friday that they have tried everything to find out who the man is but nothing has worked.
The case is similar to that of the 'piano man' who was found wandering in the British county of Kent last year. The man would not speak but showed a talent for playing the piano. "The only difference is that our man doesn't play piano, at least as far as we know," the hospital spokesperson said.
The man, who is of Asiatic appearance, in the centre of Nijmegen on 5 May. He was lying on the ground and medical tests showed he had suffered brain damage. He was rushed to hospital and is now in a Neurology wing.
"We don't know the identity of the people who brought him here. It is possible they could tell us more but we don't have their details," the spokesperson said.
Once the man's condition was stabilised, attempts were made to communicate with him in a range of languages. He didn't respond.
Other methods of communication have proved equally fruitless. "All we are sure of is that he is not a homeless person because he came to us well-cared for and well dressed. You'd think that someone would miss him".
The patient for several weeks now has been in need of different care than the hospital can provide. But other institutions have refused to take him because it is unclear whether his treatment would be paid for.
"We can understand that. Care homes are afraid that they might have to care for years for our man and get nothing in return while they have to make do with a limited budget. But it is also a terrible situation for anyone to be in," the spokesperson said.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news