Tuesday, 02. September 2014
28. 05. 14. - 16:00
A man given up for dead by his family nearly four years ago after he vanished has been found alive after staff at a hospital treating him for memory loss put his pics on Facebook.
Fernando Cuevas, 39, left his house in Uruguay in 2011. When he didn't return home after six weeks, his family filed a missing person report and later registered him as dead.
But in fact Fernando had taken a trip to Argentina where he had given a savage beating that left him with severe amnesia and no knowledge of his past.
Doctors treating him in the city of Corrientes, in north-eastern Argentine province of the same name, said the beating was so severe it was touch and go whether the young man would actually survive.
Spokesman Dr Eros Sotelo Meraz said: "He had been very badly hurt and his injuries included brain damage that meant it was difficult for him to walk, talk or indeed remember anything about who he was or his previous life.
"The only thing that gave a clue to his identity was a piece of paper in his pocket the contained the name Wilson Perez, and as a result we gave him that name and because it was not expected that he would live he was also baptised and then straight-away given the last rites of that name. But he did survive, and although nobody turned up the new him he slowly and painfully fought his way back to health.
"He can now talk happily with medical staff and has basically the intellectual capacity of a child, and has made himself very popular which was why hospital staff decided to give him a Facebook page to see if they could find his family."
And the search paid off when a man whom he had been staying with recognise the image that was shared thousands of times by users in South America, and contacted medics to say that his real name was Fernando Cuevas.
Dr Meraz added: "We contacted officials in Argentina who spoke to the parents who were able to confirm that indeed it was their missing son.
His sister Valeria Castro, 37, said: "I knew instantly. That was Fernando. God had sent him back to us.
She has since travelled to Argentina to meet with him, saying: "I had to go straight away to visit him, my parents couldn't make the journey but it was so wonderful to see him again and alive. He still can't remember us but we are working on it, this truly is a miracle. The next stage is to get him home and hopefully some of his memory might start to come back."
Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.
Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning – in a swimming pool.
Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.
Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.
Teen Dying Of Cancer Killed At Charity Event After Ride In Porsche Goes Wrong
The family of a sick boy who was offered a trip in a high-performance Porsche because he was dying of cancer is suing the charity after the Porsche he was travelling in crashed head-on into oncoming traffic.
Japanese Pervert Planned Natascha Kampusch Style Kidnap
A Japanese man inspired by Austrian pervert Wolfgang Priklopil kidnapped a 10-year-old girl and kept her in a purpose-built cellar where he planned to train her to become the perfect wife.
German Hiker Yodels For Help After Getting Trapped In Cattle Grid
A portly hiker dressed in traditional Lederhosen was rescued after he yodeled for help after getting stuck for three hours in a cattle grid.
Austrian Wine Grower Sets New Record For Maturing Grapes
An award-winning Austrian winegrower is believed to have set a new record after leaving harvested grapes for an incredible nine months before fermenting them to create an ultra-sweet white and red wine.
Austrian Castle Owner Shocked By Airplane Wheel In Duck Pond
An Austrian castle owner got a shock after discovering this massive aircraft wheel had landed in his duck pond.
Glock Receives Austrian Award At Birthday Party
Austrian gun maker Gaston Glock has celebrated his 85th birthday with a huge ceremony in which the charitable work of himself and his wife Kathrin was honoured with a top Austrian award, and confirmation that this year two streets and a business park are to be named after him.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt|
|Political Gun Fight Staged By Russian Child Models|
|Hair Today Gone Tomorrow As Woman Auctions 2 Metre Mop|
|VIDEO How I Butchered Mum-to-Be To Steal Baby|
|Woman Robbed Blind After Gunman Fires At Her Face|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.