SACRAMENTO, CA - When UC Davis Police Sgt. Walter Watt heard Silvia Leon lost her phone, it wasn't anything new; he said people lose their cell phones at the hospital every day.
"About 10 to 15 everyday," Watt explained.
But when Watt heard the phone had pictures of Leon's son Roy Vazquez, he knew he had to help.
Roy had suffered an aneurysm, a broken blood vessel in his brain that left him in a coma more than a month ago. On her iPhone 5, Leon had scores of pictures of her son and used it to keep a record of his stay in the hospital.
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Watt received a call from the family who asked him to check surveillance cameras in the hospital and, hopefully, track down the cell phone filled with precious memories.
He found the video. Watt said the video shows a woman walking out of the bathroom trying to track down Leon. He was able to find the woman who had the phone and get a hold of her.
"We followed her on camera back to her room," Watt explained. "She says, 'I have your phone. I just didn't know who the phone belonged to or what to do with it,'" Watt said.
Watt, who worked as an Oakland police officer for 15 years, said he was the happiest delivery man giving the phone back to Leon.
"She cried. She was very lucky," Watt said.
Leon said when she got her phone back she was grateful.
"It was a really rough day that day and when he walked in and gave me my phone back, he rebuilt my hope," Leon said. "There's always hope for everything."
Leon said she is now focused on her son, who is improving slightly.
"I am grateful he did get our phone back," Leon said.
"It meant a lot," Watt said. "It made me feel good that I helped her out."