A mystery patient was reunited with his family after spending five months in the hospital not being able to tell anyone who he was.
The man was a patient at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for months, carrying no identification when he was brought in by paramedics on Aug. 19, 2017. Just one day before he was reunited with his family, the hospital released a photo to the public showing the man looking terrified with a bruise on his nose.
"LAC+USC Medical Center is pleased to report that a reunification was made between the patient and his family with the assistance of the news media and the public," a statement from Los Angeles County health officials read, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
"The patient’s caregiver team is working with the family on a discharge program."
The decision to release the photo was made in an effort to find anyone who knew him, with authorities describing him as around 40 years old and Hispanic with brown eyes, black hair and a mustache. He was said to be a medium build, somewhere between 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 6 feet tall, and weighing 153 pounds.
At the time he was found, the man was wearing black sweatpants and a blue flannel shirt.
The unidentified man was taken to the hospital after being found in the streets of Los Angeles, though no other details were offered as to why he was taken to the hospital or what his condition was at the time of the reunion.
"It’s a frequent occurrence," Dr. Chase Coffey, the medical center's associate medical director of inpatient services, told the Los Angeles Daily News. "We have multiple patients a day coming into the hospital or the emergency department. They could be trauma victims."
Some of the patients who are admitted in similar situations, Coffey added, are often homeless or undocumented. Social workers typically use social media as a tool to identify unknown patients, but the amount of time the man stayed in the hospital unidentified was rare. Cases of unidentified patients who aren't able to provide information regarding their identity are common at the facility, Coffey said.
"LAC+USC wishes to thank those who came forward with information leading to this successful reunification," the hospital's statement read.
Many readers expressed shock over the situation, but applauded the hospital for successfully reuniting the man with his family.
"Glad his family was found. That would be terrifying," one Daily Mail reader commented.