Police: Patient at St. Joseph's Hospital identified

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Police say a man who was found unconscious at a south Phoenix home has been identified.

St. Joseph's Hospital released a photo on Tuesday of a patient, who appeared to be in a coma, asking the public to help identify him.

Firefighters were called to a south Phoenix home on Dec. 30 and directed to a trailer in the back, where an unconscious man had been found. They rushed him to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he is being treated for a brain hemorrhage.

The man did not have any identification on him.

"It happens more than a lot of people think," Phoenix Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan said. "We go on thousands and thousands of customers every year that we don't know who they are."

On Wednesday, 3TV's Mike Watkiss visited the home and talked to a couple of people who believe they know the patient.

3TV contacted the Phoenix Police Department, which immediately dispatched a detective from the missing persons bureau. The detective collected the information and went to the hospital.

Police told 3TV that identification has been made but asked that the man's name not be released until the next of kin is notified.

"He does have family. He has a daughter and grandkids," said friend Valentina Padron. "I feel really bad because he was there for us when we needed him."

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