'Piano Man' a fake, and not much of a player either
HE WAS found wandering on a beach in Kent in April and he would not speak a word. The one thing the apparently traumatised man did was to play the piano beautifully. Or did he?
Four months since the story of the "Piano Man" touched the hearts of people around the world, a report in the Daily Mirror yesterday alleged that the man was a fake, a German who has no trouble speaking but can hardly play the piano at all.
He travelled to Britain on a Eurostar train and told staff at the Little Brook Hospital in Kent that he was trying to commit suicide when police found him, the report said. The man also said he used to work with mentally ill patients.
Health executives are considering suing the man, who flew home to Germany on Saturday, for the money spent on his treatment.
A hospital staff member told the newspaper: "A nurse went into his room last Friday and said, 'Are you going to speak to us today?' He simply answered, 'Yes, I think I will.'
"We were stunned. He has been with us for months and we have got nowhere with him. We thought he was going to be with us forever."
The hospital said in a statement yesterday that the man had been discharged from its care "following a marked improvement in his condition".
The newspaper said the man, far from being a skilled pianist, could only tap one note for hours at a time. Yet a hospital press release and interviews with staff in May stated that he played beautiful classical music.
A hospital staff member told the Mirror: "He had us all fooled though, including two very senior doctors." The man used to work with mentally ill patients and may have copied some of their characteristics to fool psychiatric doctors.Autor:
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