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After being turned away from 43 hospitals in three states because COVID-19 cases were taking up all the ICU beds, the family of an Alabama man named Ray Martin DeMonia who died of heart problems is asking people to get vaccinated.
According to his obituary, Ray Martin DeMonia of Cullman died in a Mississippi hospital on Sept. 1, only three days before his 74th birthday.
He was 73 years old.
How Did Ray Martin DeMonia Die?
When DeMonia had a heart attack, local emergency personnel began calling hospitals to find a cardiac ICU bed for him.
During a rise of COVID-19 cases fuelled by the highly contagious Delta form, DeMonia’s family claims he was turned away from 43 hospitals because their ICUs were packed and staff was overworked. He died when emergency workers found an open bed at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Miss., roughly 200 miles away from his home.
DeMonia’s family used his obituary to persuade people to be vaccinated after his death.
According to the obituary, “In honor of Ray, please get vaccinated if you have not, in an effort to free up resources for non-COVID related emergencies,”
“He would not want any other family to go through what his did.”
DeMonia was a well-known Alabama antique trader who had spent 40 years in the business, according to his relatives.
His wife, daughter, and grandchild survive him.
Alabama’s health agency issued a warning on Monday, stating that there was a high risk of community transmission across the state.