SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – The California Highway Patrol and doctors are hoping the public can help them identify a patient who cannot remember their name, if they have family or where they are from.
Authorities said the man was struck by a car while cycling in Sacramento. According to UC Davis Medical Center, the man has been in their care for more than two weeks.
Hospital staff and CHP officers were unable to confirm the man’s identity.
“We’re just trying to see if anyone knows him. Any information just to identify him, ”Constable AJ McTaggart said.
The man speaks Spanish, is around 50, is 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighs 167 pounds. The CHP said fingerprints and other recordings had not helped them find an identity.
“The runaway condition that this person appears to be suffering from is very rare,” said Dr. Charan Ranganath, of the Center for Neuroscience at UC Davis.
Ranganath said he didn’t know the details of the man in the hospital, but historical data suggests a link between not remembering who you are and some type of pre-existing mental stress.
“If you experience stress, whether it’s physical or mental, it always affects your brain, and the chemicals that are released under severe stress can actually have a very bad effect on areas of the brain that are important for stress. memory and our sense of self, who we are, ”Ranganath said.
A similar incident happened recently in Davis, California, when a woman was found wandering in someone’s backyard not knowing who she was. Finally, someone recognized her.
Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to contact CHP Agent Eulogio Ceja at 916-754-7922 or Agent AJ McTaggart at 916-798-0975. They can also be contacted by email at [email protected] or [email protected]