In an obituary published in September, the family said Ray DeMonia, who ran the DeMonia Antiques and Auctions store, passed away on January 9, three days before his 74th birthday.
“Mr Ray was a very, very great man, loved and respected by many,” his family said.
Ray DeMonia died because his family could not find a hospital bed. Photo: DeMonia Family
It is worth mentioning that Mr. DeMonia died indirectly because of the rapidly increasing Covid-19 cases in the state of Alabama, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the US.
Reportedly, the patient died at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian City, Mississippi after emergency workers at Cullman Regional Medical Center contacted 43 ICUs in three different states but still could not find a hospital bed. .
A spokesman for Cullman Hospital could not be reached for comment.
Some nurses in the state of Alabama have protested the harsh working conditions. Last month, a doctor announced he would stop treating patients who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to channel NBC News.
In the obituary, Mr. DeMonia’s family urged people to get vaccinated “so that emergencies not related to Covid-19 can be treated”. “He wouldn’t want other families to go through what he went through,” DeMonia’s family said.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alabama is one of the states with the highest rate of new Covid-19 cases in the US when 541/100,000 people tested positive in the past 7 days. Also during this period, there were 259 deaths.