Published On: Mon, Sep 13th, 2021

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


A 73-year-old Alabama man died of a “cardiac event” after being turned away from dozens of hospitals throughout three states that had no obtainable cardiac ICU beds, his family stated. They’re now urging individuals to get vaccinated to “free up resources for non COVID related emergencies” because the virus continues to surge in Alabama and different states.

Ray DeMonia, an antiques supplier who ran his personal retailer for 4 a long time, died on (*43*) 1, three days earlier than his 74th birthday, kin stated in an obituary.  

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Ray DeMonia

Dignity Memorial


They stated emergency employees at Cullman Regional Medical Center contacted 43 hospitals in three states in quest of a cardiac ICU mattress for DeMonia. On Monday, Jennifer Malone, a hospital spokesperson, confirmed that DeMonia was a affected person at Cullman Regional Medical Center and informed CBS News that “he needed medical services that were not available” on the hospital. 

Finally, his family stated, the hospital transferred him to Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi, about 200 miles away from his dwelling, the place he later died.

Over the previous couple of months, hospitals in Alabama and close by states like Texas, Mississippi. Louisiana and Florida have been struggling to deal with the rising variety of COVID-19 sufferers, usually operating low on beds and staffing. 

With simply over 40% of Alabama’s inhabitants absolutely vaccinated, among the many lowest charges within the nation, DeMonia’s family stated they hoped extra individuals would take into account getting the shot after listening to about their expertise. 

“In honor of Ray, please get vaccinated if you have not, in an effort to free up resources for non COVID related emergencies,” DeMonia’s obituary stated. 

“He would not want any other family to go through what his did.”


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