ER nurse breaks down upon realizing hit-and-run patient is her brother
Many caregivers working in emergency rooms no doubt fear that they'll someday be faced with treating a loved one.
For one nurse in California, the possibility recently became a reality.
On Friday night, Jennifer Medina was helping tend to a hit-and-run victim who had been brought to the Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center ER where she works.
The individual arrived unresponsive and was not breathing.
While doctors worked to revive him, Medina and a fellow nurse went through the patient's belongings for identification.
Medina recalled the moment she realized the victim was her 23-year-old brother, Cesar.
She told NBC Los Angeles, "I recognized the wallet ... And she opened it up and it was my brother's face right there. Everything just collapsed I just couldn't hold it together."
Cesar ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
At the time he was hit by a Dodge Ram truck, he was crossing a street and, according to witnesses, had the right of way.
The impact caused him to be thrown roughly 20 feet in the air.
19-year-old Andrew Christopher Michaels was arrested for the crime and booked on charges of felony hit-and-run.