Alabama man dies after being turned away from 43 hospitals, family says

A 73 year old man from Alabama is reported dead of a “cardiac event” after being turned away from dozens of hospitals across three different states over a lack of open cardiac ICU beds, according to the man’s family.

The family is now urging people to get vaccinated. “In honor of Ray, please get vaccinated if you have not, in an effort to free up resources for non COVID related emergencies,” the man’s obituary said. This comes as COVID cases continue to rise in Alabama and other states nationwide. Despite the surge in cases, the death rate is not rising with it.

The man’s name is Ray DeMonia, and he’s an antiques dealer who ran his own store for four decades. He died on September 1, three days before his 74th birthday, relatives said in an obituary. The family tried frantically to get Ray to an open hospital across the span of three states.

According to a report from CBS News, they tried admittance to 43 different hospitals. The report says, “They said emergency staff at Cullman Regional Medical Center contacted 43 hospitals in three states in search of a cardiac ICU bed for DeMonia.”



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Ethan Finn lives just outside of Sacramento in California. He was involved in Boy Scouts for most of his life and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in January of 2019. A passion for politics prompted him and his friend to start an Instagram page all about politics during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic—@conservative.outlet. Ethan finds it fascinating to be a part of the journalistic side of news as opposed to always being just a reader.

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