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Atlanta hospital uses Facebook to ID mystery patient

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 says the patient was identified after his photo was posted on the Facebook page of the Hispanic news organization 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.