2021 Sep 14, 6:05am
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Ray de Monia is someone whom none of us have met. Ray spent his entire life in the small town of Cullman, Alabama (between Birmingham and Huntsville.) By all accounts, he was a decent and well-liked person. Ray had what medical professionals call "a serious cardiac event." I would translate that as a serious heart attack. To save his life, he needed a bed in the Intensive Care Unit. His local hospital's ICU was full of Covid-19 patients. To the credit of the hospital staff there, they mounted a brave effort to find an ICU bed for him. They called 43 hospitals. They heard the same story time and again. Each hospital was overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients. They got him admitted to a hospital in Meridian, Mississippi. Ray died there. The consensus is that if he got to the ICU faster, he had a good chance of survival.