Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Anonymous man who has been in hospital bed for 16 years identified

A man who’s been lying anonymously in a hospital bed at Sharp Coronado Hospital for 16 years finally has a name.
The man, known all these years as “Garage 66,” is severely brain damaged and on life support. He cannot speak and does not react to his environment. Little was known of his life.
The hospital’s Villa Coronado Skilled Nursing Facility has been his home since 1999, when a car accident left him fighting for his life.

On Friday, the Mexican Consulate in San Diego announced that a collaboration of medics, immigration authorities, politicians and educators had discovered the man’s identity.

Due to confidentiality laws protecting patient information, Sharp HealthCare said it could not disclose the patient’s name, details of his condition or the circumstances of the accident. The man’s family members said they won’t address the media and have asked that their privacy be respected, according to the consulate.
“But his Sharp caregivers can now address him by name, and we are all celebrating the dignity afforded a person who has an identity and a history, as well as the peace of mind afforded a family who for many years has not known the condition or fate of their loved one,” said spokesman Tom Hanscom.
Several families came forward believing the patient to be a long-lost relative, according to Hanscom. A committee made up of community and government officials administered biometric testing and DNA matches were confirmed in December, he said.

The hospital worked with local media in 2014 to make the patient’s story public in an effort to locate family members.
The man, believed to be in his mid-30s, was in a van when it crashed near the U.S.-Mexico border near El Centro, according to the investigative news outlet, inewsource. He was ejected from the vehicle.
The patient was transferred to the UC San Diego trauma center in Hillcrest, where he spent one year in the hospital, inewsource reported. That’s where he was assigned the random name, “Garage 66,” a common practice for patients who are not alert or awake and have no identification, a hospital spokesperson told the publication.
Garage’s medical care — estimated at $700 per day — has been funded through Medi-Cal, California’s program for the impoverished and the disabled, according to inewsource.
Enrique Morones, founder of the immigrant rights organization Border Angels, first learned of Garage 66 last year and was involved in the binational efforts to locate his family. He got a call on Friday morning with news of the patient’s identity.
“I was just overjoyed,” he said.
But Morones said more light needs to be shed on the thousands of people who go missing at the border and are never reunited with family.
“There are a lot of Garage 66s out there. Maybe it’s not a 16-year old case, maybe it’s a 6-day old case. But there’s a mom who still wants to know, ‘did my son make it?’”. “This is going to give a lot of people hope.”

Source: The San Diego Union Tribune

68 comments:

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SENSATIONAL PURITY said...

All thanks to God

HUSBAND MATERIAL said...

Tnk God

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

He was in the hospital for 16yrs?who was footing the bill?this definitely Can't happen here!

Adaoma Anna said...

Eyah...it is well.

Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

Wat a world.

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Sample Cira said...

Enter your comment...ohhhhhh,may Jehovah help him

BONARIO NNAGS said...

wawuu!! for 16years. that is huge.
Good thing he has been identified.


~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

dj banti said...

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AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Aya... May God continue to heal him.

Adejoke fasasi said...

Eeya


#Hajia Mufliat

Prince Shah said...

Some news de from d headline u go know say no be our beloved naija

Juliet Iwuno said...

Awwwww, welcome back to the land of the living. Linda take note!

Sharon Pekun said...

That's a lifetime miracle.

YOUNGBUHARI said...

Good for him.

Bonita Bislam said...

Wooooow impressive. That's a system & govt that works.Here in this country, try & be missing for 2 months in a hospital, you will find your square root in the mortuary if no relative comes to lay claims & pay medical bills

Adebayo Charles said...

So pathetic

Teemah Salau said...

God strengthen him

Adenike Bamigboye said...

Thank God they finally found him

Adewale Olumide Kelvin said...

This is why u should thank God 4 ur life

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Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Thanks goodness.

Maureen D Ornguga said...

Oyibo dey try o

chioma jacinta said...

Glory!!! * it's well*

Vivian Reginalds said...

Awww would be strange for him
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anthony Sylvanus said...

Noted

Ogenah Boris said...

Mehn 16years? Hmm

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Thank God

Paul Ocheke said...

Happy for him... Double your hustle

Uju Zita said...

Okay. Thank God for that

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Richmond Ichemati said...

Wow 16 years is very long time to be in coma. God help he!












#commonsense

Juliet Dim said...

Life!

Oshios Baba said...

Yeah

KC said...

Thank God for him...

(Linda d Kim K's fan)

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

I'm happy for him


...merited happiness

ProudlyDeltan15 said...

This cannot happen in any Nigeria hospital......ProudlyDeltan

tollyjems said...

Nawa oo, 16 years on one spot. God have mercy on us. I hope he's famikies can finally locate him

Ade Olasengbe said...

We thank God for his life.

JAYZSBOSS said...

Glad to know

Achi Izuegbunem said...

Wow

danex said...

that is a country for you, not Nigeria and its problems.

Ann Anthony said...

Ok..thank God

Damolia De Best said...

Uhmmmmm


Damolia.DEW

Linda's daughter aka Nwa Linda said...

16 years Woow

Maureen Mordi said...

16 yrs Hmmmm

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

QUICK RECOVERY










I MISSED YOU AUNTY LINDA....

Esther Dangana said...

This can not happen in my country naija. Dey for don trowey de man commot from hospital since to create bed space for others.

Jolly Smart said...

Thank God for him

Elvis Chima said...

16 what???? Lord av mercy!


#aboki wey soji#

Ichebi Christian said...

God is Good

evy claret said...

Wow... 16 whole years and he was still been cared for without paying? Thanks to God that he regained his identity and also the means the Hospital is being funded

Eva Da Diva...

Mayberry said...

Indeed,thank God for his mercies.


Edobabe#replinda#

Sisi De'nim said...

Really? After 16 whole years? The mum must pro'lly have replaced him. Dont be surprised when you get home and a li'l boy wonders why yo bearing his name.
What a rotten luck! Glad you made it.
I wish you fast recovery.

Lindawoju Ooo said...

we thank God for him o. pele

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

And them somebody will now tell you not to go to that kind of country if na Nigeria those wicked doctors and nurses for don unplug the guy machine

udeh martha said...

we thank God for him o.

Di Mateo Xavie said...

ThankGod he s bn identified

Anonymous said...

If you read well you will see who was footing the bill. Fag

Psalmuelle aka Samstone. said...

Oluwaseun o.

#LIB ADDICT#

Slim innocent said...

16yrs? Lord Jesus you are Wonderful

Eric Nesty aka LIB'S FINEST said...

Thank God for him

#FINEST

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Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 12:10PM that was rather harsh. Lmao

Anonymous said...

Na wah oh. I am sure the family declared him missing and has given up on him. They probably thought he has died. Eyaah

Anonymous said...

But he is a vegetable with brain damage. God help him though

Anonymous said...

I hope he can recognise his family?

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