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Alabama man dies after being turned away from 43 hospitals amid COVID wave, family say

A 73-year-old man from Alabama died of a “cardiac event” after being turned away from dozens of hospitals in three states that did not have available cardiac intensive care beds, his family said. They are now urging people to get vaccinated to “free up resources for non-COVID emergencies” as the virus continues to spread in Alabama and other states.

Ray DeMonia, an antique dealer who ran his own store for four decades, died on September 1, three days before his 74th birthday, relatives said in an obituary.

Alabama man dies after being turned away from 43 hospitals amid COVID wave, family say
Ray DeMonia

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They said emergency staff at Cullman Regional Medical Center had contacted 43 hospitals in three states looking for a cardiac intensive care bed for DeMonia. On Monday, Jennifer Malone, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed DeMonia was a patient at Cullman Regional Medical Center and told CBS News that “he needed medical services that were not available” at the hospital. ‘hospital.

Finally, his family said, the hospital transferred him to the Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi, about 200 miles from his home, where he later died.

Above last months, Alabama hospitals and neighboring states like Texas, Mississippi. Louisiana and Florida are struggling to cope with the growing number of COVID-19 patients, often short of beds and staff.

With just over 40% of Alabama’s population fully vaccinated, among the lowest rates in the country, DeMonia’s family said they hoped more people would consider getting vaccinated after hearing about their experience.

“In honor of Ray, please get the vaccine if you haven’t, in an effort to free up resources for non-COVID emergencies,” DeMonia’s obituary said.

“He wouldn’t want another family to go through what his did.”

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