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Family: Alabama man turned away by dozens of COVID-filled hospitals

A family is urging people to get vaccinated after their 73-year-old relative who had a cardiac...
A family is urging people to get vaccinated after their 73-year-old relative who had a cardiac event was turned away from dozens of hospitals dealing with a surge in coronavirus patients.(Eduardo Huijon/CBS7)
Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 10:56 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A family is urging people to get vaccinated after their 73-year-old relative was turned away from dozens of hospitals dealing with a surge in coronavirus patients.

An obituary for Ray Martin DeMonia says staff at a north Alabama hospital contacted 43 hospitals in three states searching for a cardiac intensive care bed. The Cullman man was finally transferred to Meridian, Miss., about 170 miles away. That’s where he died Sept. 1 because of the cardiac event he suffered.

In his obituary, his family asked people to honor him by getting vaccinated to free up resources for non-COVID-related emergencies.