Elderly man with cancer calls 911 because he has no food

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Credit: WTVD

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — An 81-year-old North Carolina man spent months in the hospital being treated and rehabilitated after a cancer diagnosis.

WTVD reports that when Clarence Blackmon, who weighed 115 pounds, finally returned home he was hungry and opened an empty refrigerator. So, he called 911.

“I can’t do anything,” he told 911 operator Marilyn Hinson. “I can’t go anywhere. I can’t get out of my…chair.”

Hinson told Blackmon they would bring him some groceries.

“He was hungry. I’ve been hungry. A lot of people can’t say that, but I can, and I can’t stand for anyone to be hungry,” Hinson told WTVD.

Blackmon asked for cabbage, cans of beans and beets, popcorn, tomato juice and soft drinks.

Hinson went to the store herself and with the help of local police officers delivered them right to Blackmon’s door. She even made him some sandwiches.

“It was like a little miracle ringing in my ear,” Blackmon told WTVD. “I thought, ‘Jesus, you answered those prayers’.”

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5 comments

    • Ellis

      I don’t think it’s a matter of not having money, I think it’s more he is physically incapable of getting out of the house by himself to go buy food. I would hope that there is a Meals on Wheels in his town to help all people in this situation. Medicare should be paying for in-home care, at least a couple of times per week to help this guy with those kinds of things.k

  • tiffany

    What hospital release this elderly man to a home without assistants. They ought to be investigated.

    • Doug

      That’s not the hospital’s job. You think medical bills are expensive now, let the hospitals tack on the responsibility of social services and see how much more you pay.

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