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CBS says an Alabama man with a heart condition died after his family was unable to find an open ICU bed at 43 different hospitals.

73-year-old Ray DeMonia died on Sept. 1st. His family says they reached out to 43 hospitals across three states. But, unfortuantely, all were at full capactiy with COVID-19 patients. They finally found an open bed in Meridian, Mississippi at Rush Foundation Hospital.

Hot spots for COVID-19 like Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida are all still suffering a shortage of beds and hospital staff.

In his obituary, the family wrote: “In honor of Ray, please get vaccinated if you have not, in an effort to free up resources for non-COVID-related emergencies“. Ray DeMonia was an antiques dealer who owned and operated his own store for over 40 years. He would’ve turned 74 on September 4th.

Have you or a loved one been to a hospital during the pandemic?  How is the experience different now?

Source: CBS

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