Wednesday 7 December 2016

Nurse horrified to discover that dying patient was her own brother

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 06/10/2015 | 19:48

Cesar Andreas Medina who was killed in a hit-and-run in California at the weekend
Credit: gofundme.com/Jennifer Medina
Cesar Andreas Medina who was killed in a hit-and-run in California at the weekend Credit: gofundme.com/Jennifer Medina

A nurse was horrified when she realised that the hit-and-run victim she and an emergency medical team were battling to save was her own brother.

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Cesar Andreas “Andy” Medina died after he was struck while skateboarding in California, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

The dead man had the right of way when he was hit, according to authorities.

The driver allegedly fled the scene in San Juan Capistrano following the crash, leading to a police manhunt.

The 23-year-old victim was rushed to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, where his sister Jennifer is a nurse.

Jenifer Medina told NBC LA News she was working with her colleagues on a number of different patients when she heard a man had been admitted “in bad shape.”

She subsequently wrote on a gofundme page that her brother was first registered as “John Doe.”

When she was asked to check the patient's wallet for identification, she realised it was none other than her brother.

“When I saw the wallet it looked familiar, and when we [opened] it [we] saw my brother’s face on the ID,” she wrote.

She told NBC LA News that the realisation shattered her world.

“I just knew I wanted to say my last goodbyes to Andy after they cleaned him up,” she said.

“And tell him how much I love him.”

The following day police arrested the alleged driver of the car, 19-year-old Andrew Michaels.

He is being held on $100,000 bail and is facing vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges.

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