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Facebook Page Identifies Grady’s Mystery Comatose Patient

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Mission complete: This screenshot shows how Grady identified this man by posting his photo on Mundo Hispanico's Facebook fan page. (credit: Facebook.com)

Mission complete: This screenshot shows how Grady identified this man by posting his photo on Mundo Hispanico’s Facebook fan page. (credit: Facebook.com)

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ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta hospital has identified a comatose patient with help from Facebook and a Spanish-language news organization.

Grady Memorial Hospital workers had sought help from the public to identify a patient known only as “John Doe.” Authorities say the man was struck by a vehicle in a Feb. 5 hit-and-run accident near Buford Highway and North Druid Hills Road.

Grady spokeswoman Denise Simpson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the patient was identified after his photo was posted on the Facebook page of the Journal-Constitution’s Spanish-language news partner, Mundo Hispanico. Responses poured in, and he was identified as Juan Cruz Gomez.

Yesenia Cienfuegos tells WSB-TV that Gomez has been in a coma. She says he worked in construction, has a family and children in his native Guatemala and two brothers in Maryland.

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