Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is asking for help to identify a patient who arrived at the Los Angeles hospital in mid-June.

The hospital circulated a photo of the unidentified patient in an effort to connect him with social support and, potentially, with family members.

The man, who arrived at the hospital June 16, is white, about 65 year-old, 5-feet-6 inches tall, weighs 177 pounds and has gray hair, a full beard, and blue/gray eyes. He is unable to fully open his right eye. He has a scar over his spine, moles over his body and is missing multiple teeth.

He may have ties to the San Diego area, and might be known to some as Ian Whitcomb, with possible surnames of Ciro Lin, Whitcombcirolin, or Dela Croix, officials said. He could have a birth date in October 1955.

“Now that we have taken care of his medical needs, our goal is to help him secure social services such as housing and food assistance,” Cedars- Sinai social worker La Kisha Hooker said. “But that means he needs an identity. We hope someone from the public sees his photo and gets in touch so we can help our patient.”

Anyone with information about the patient is asked to call 310-423-1709.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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