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Nurse discovers that hit-and-run patient is her dying brother
February 1, 2017
It's every doctor and nurse's worst fear come to life: The patient who comes into your unit on the verge of death is a loved one.
The nightmare became a cruel reality for Orange County nurse Jennifer Medina, who was told a John Doe was arriving by ambulance in critical condition, the victim of a hit-and-run accident according to NBC Los Angeles.
While doctors and other staff tried to save the young man's life, Medina and another nurse grabbed his wallet to try and identify him, only to make the shocking discovery.
"I recognized the wallet ... and she opened it up and it was my brother's face right there," Medina told NBC Los Angeles. "Everything just collapsed; I couldn't hold it together."
Cesar Andres Medina would die later that night at the hospital, according to the NBC story, and 19-year-old Andrew Christopher Michaels was arrested the next day in connection with the crime.
A GoFundMe account started to help Medina pay for her brother's funeral expenses saw an outpouring of prayers and donations, totaling $15,125.
On the page, Medina recounts the terrible ending to the night and shares what her brother was about.
"The Dr. tried to bring his heart back, but there was too much trauma to the brain," the GoFundMe page reads. "Andy had so many goals for his future and was taken from all of us too soon. I just want all the people he loved and loved him to get a chance to say their last good byes to him."
NBC Los Angeles covered the story: