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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  • dg54321

    Brought a tear to me eye…..maybe there is hope for humanity, if people like this could start outbreeding the losers….

  • "peety"

    so the hospital released him to nobody? Sent him home to care for himself? Thank goodness that 911 operator had a heart. I hope they think about his next meal too.

  • Kathleen Dorsey

    Thank goodness that the 911 operator brought him some food. Surely there is someone who has a heart will continue to help him? It is heartbreaking to see this in our Country. Blessings to him and the angels who help him.

  • Megan

    We are fortunate in Washington State to have a statewide resource like 2-1-1. If you need help, they can connect you with services such as food banks or emergency housing. You are NOT in this alone. There are people who will help you and treat you with dignity.

  • a funny guy

    Hinson: Here you go. Enjoy my sandwich.
    Blackmon: I have cancer, and the lunch meat has sodium nitrite in it. What the eff were you thinking, you bloody idiot???!!!

  • Harley

    Hey my name is Harley owner of Harley’s handyman solutions I would like to know more about where this man lives I will take food to him he needs us very sad story to hear .

    • Shawna

      That’s so gracious of you. Unfortunately I live on the other side of the country otherwise I would help as well. Maybe contacting the news station…they can give you more info?

  • Debby

    BIG problem with this story. Elderly, debilitated, sick man released to home with no support? Plenty people don’t have family support, and you can’t assume that they do. No discharge plans? No case-manager to help navigate on the outside? Of all types of people who qualify for social assistance, I can’t imagine anyone disagreeing about this person. Of all the hundreds of thousands of dollars I have paid in taxes in my lifetime, I hope that if I am no longer able to be functional, there exists some infrastructure to help.

  • jessica

    God love it breaks my heart to see our elderly whom has worked all their life most likely end up in these situations. I pray for this man I pray his illness is getting ready better and I pray that the people in our country will come together to help one another. Take care of one another. God bless this person with a heart of gold who went out of her very own way to help him. God does have Angela walking on earth with us this is proof.

  • dw30415

    If he can’t stand up out of his chair…he needs assistance that bringing food to him can’t resolve. Tragically, the elderly go home from hospital thinking they can ‘handle’ themselves and find that they can not…I went thru that with my very own mom. “Let me out of the hospital now” she would say to the dr.’s, who would discharge her to home and she could not “stand”. I could not meet her medical needs/physically, even if I did everything else for her, and she would end up back in the hospital. Sometimes, Nursing facilities ARE the only option for the daily care needed. And sometimes the family is able to be assisted by Hospice in the home or in the facility. Aging and care can be difficult.

  • Treasure

    Bless you Angrls for helping and feeding this old soul. There is always a reward for a deed done without expectations.

  • Charles

    Nice way to handle things. Impressive people do impressive things. I’m proud of each one of you. As a cancer survivor myself I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing that somebody still cares about others for no reason except to be kind to others in need.

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