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Old 05-14-2015, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield,Virginia
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We all have our disagreements here which can be instructive but sometimes .. I get sick and tired of doom and gloom news.

Here is something that I hope we can all agree on?

A story that shows our humanity.
(If I'm not mistaken, those are two policeman coming to his aide too?)

Elderly cancer patient calls 911 because he is hungry and has no food, operator comes to his home and makes him sandwiches

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An elderly cancer patient with no immediate family says he rang 911 because he did not have any food and was physically unable to leave his house to buy something to eat.

Clarence Blackmon was discharged from hospital in Fayetteville, in Arkansas, on Tuesday after spending months there for cancer treatment. The 81-year-old returned to his house without any supplies and anyone close by to call for help, according to ABC 11 Eyewitness News.

Hungry and unable to buy food, he called 911 and asked if someone could buy some groceries for him. "What I need is someone to get to the grocery store and bring me some food because I need to eat something,” Mr Blackmon told the operator. “Whatever you can do to help. I can’t do anything. I can’t go anywhere.
Elderly cancer patient calls 911 because he has no food | abc11.com
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:14 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Wow! Someone didn't do any discharge planning for this guy, e.g. Meals on Wheels, Home Health, etc. Sad.
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Duplicate thread:

911 operator goes above and beyond for hungry, elderly cancer patient

Social services was not notified of his release from a private rehab facility.
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:41 PM
 
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My God. That 911 call was legit IMHO because Mr Blackmon would've probably died 1st.
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:45 PM
 
Location: SC
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I'm happy to hear that someone came to his rescue, but in the small town where I live you can get food delivered by a number of companies. Sounds like something was missing here.
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:59 PM
 
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Wow! Someone didn't do any discharge planning for this guy, e.g. Meals on Wheels, Home Health, etc. Sad.
Exactly.
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:11 PM
 
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Shame on the facility that discharged this man with no support for his activities of daily living.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Miscommunication, it seems.

Donations, food pour in for starving veteran in Fayetteville | abc11.com

"Many of you asked how Blackmon could wind up in this situation. ABC11 asked DSS officials that same question. The director said they only became aware of Blackmon's plight when we told them. The private rehab center that discharged Blackmon failed to notify DSS officials that he was going home.

A DSS social worker spent several hours with Blackmon Wednesday. They are now taking care of his needs. As for the donations, Blackmon asked that they go to the Salvation Army to help others."
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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I think people like him need something like this.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_N2gXeC2iE
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