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An Alabama heart patient has died after he was unable to get a cardiac intensive care bed at 43 hospitals.  Her family advocates for people to get vaccinated


But the 73-year-old has become an indirect victim of Covid-19 patients filling hospitals and intensive care beds.

The heart patient from Cullman, Alabama, died at a Mississippi hospital about 200 miles from his home because there were no cardiac intensive care beds nearby, his daughter Raven DeMonia told the Washington Post.

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

“Due to COVID 19, CRMC emergency staff contacted 43 hospitals in 3 states looking for a cardiac intensive care bed and ultimately found one in Meridian, MS. They wouldn’t want one. other family lives what his has done. “

DeMonia went to Cullman Regional Medical Center on August 23 because he had heart problems, Raven DeMonia told The Post.

She said her mother received a call from hospital staff around 12 hours after her admission, saying staff called 43 hospitals and could not find a “specialized cardiac intensive care bed”.

Eventually, staff found an intensive care bed at the Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi, the girl told the Post.

Raven DeMonia was stunned to learn that her father had to be airlifted to Mississippi, she said.

“It was like ‘What do you mean?’,” She told the Post.

Citing privacy concerns, a spokesperson for Cullman Regional Medical Center did not detail Ray DeMonia’s case when questioned by mail, but confirmed that DeMonia was “a patient in our care and was transferred to another establishment “.

An Alabama heart patient has died after he was unable to get a cardiac intensive care bed at 43 hospitals.  Her family advocates for people to get vaccinated

“The level of care he needed was not available at Cullman Regional,” Jennifer Malone told The Post.

“When patients are transported to other facilities to receive the care they need, it becomes increasingly difficult as all hospitals experience an increased lack of bed space,” said Malone.

Situations like the one facing the DeMonia family are a “continuing problem” during the Covid-19 outbreak, she told the Post.

CNN has attempted to contact members of Ray DeMonia’s family and has contacted Cullman Regional Medical Center for comment.

Not enough intensive care beds for all who need them

An influx of Covid-19 patients has overwhelmed intensive care units in Alabama, state health official Dr Scott Harris said.

Alabama ran out of 60 intensive care beds on Friday – an increase in need from a week earlier, when the state lost 40 intensive care beds.

This means that there are 60 patients “who are receiving intensive care because they are chronically ill and yet they do not have an intensive care bed,” Harris said Friday.

“They are being cared for in an emergency department or a service bed that has been converted to an intensive care room or on a stretcher in the hallway.”

People must “be aware of the pressure on hospital resources”

DeMonia suffered a stroke in April 2020, her daughter said. Even though the pandemic was already taking hold across the country, a local hospital only took three hours to find a “Covid-free” hospital about 80 kilometers from Cullman, Raven DeMonia said.

An Alabama heart patient has died after he was unable to get a cardiac intensive care bed at 43 hospitals.  Her family advocates for people to get vaccinated

Ray DeMonia loved antiques and had been in the business for about four decades, running DeMonia’s Antiques and Auctions, according to his obituary.

The man who “traveled the country collecting antiques and sharing his wealth of knowledge,” died on September 1, just three days before his 74th birthday.

“Daddy just wants everything to go back to normal,” Raven DeMonia told The Post.

“If people just realized the pressure on hospital resources that is happening right now, then that would be really amazing. But I don’t know if it will ever happen.”

CNN’s Holly Yan and Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.

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