A vaccinated veteran who’d had his booster shot caught CVODI and died of a bleeding colon after after he was delayed in being transferred from a rural health center to larger hospital because its beds were filled with unvaccinated patients.
Bob Cameron, 87, passed away just after 6pm on Wednesday – a day after he was transferred across Minnesota state lines to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota. His move was delayed by two days, with Cameron’s devastated family convinced that he’d have survived had he been treated sooner.
Cameron had been stuck at Kittson Healthcare in Hallock – more than two hours away from the hospital – since Sunday morning when he was rushed to the healthcare center for a GI bleed.
Bob Cameron, 87, was a vaccinated veteran who’d had his booster shot yet still caught Covid when he died of a bleeding colon
Cameron spent days stuck at Kittson Healthcare in Minnesota because of unvaccinated patients occupying all the beds in nearby hospitals. After days in the healthcare center he was transported more than two hours to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota
Kittson Healthcare only has 15 beds and would normally transport patients to larger hospitals after they’re stable, according to Grand Forks Herald.
However, every hospital in his home state of Minnesota and neighboring North Dakota was full and did not have a bed for Cameron, who also received his Covid-19 booster shot.
The Herald reported that doctors across both states blamed unvaccinated people for occupying all of the hospital beds.
Minnesota State Patrol spent the days Cameron was stuck in Hallock rushing blood supplies to him from Fargo to keep him alive.
‘Luckily they were able to get plasma and platelets up here otherwise he probably wouldn’t be here right now,’ Cameron’s daughter Julie Lindegard told the news station before her father’s death.
Later, Cameron’s family said the veteran was stable when he was finally transported to Sanford but once he arrived in Fargo ‘all hell broke loose’. They told the Herald that he couldn’t have the much-needed colonoscopy due to too much bleeding.
Cameron underwent emergency surgery to remove his colon but it didn’t stop the bleeding, as reported by the Herald.
Lindegard said: ‘It’s been hell for us. My dad doesn’t deserve this.’ She also noted that she believes if her father got to the hospital two days earlier it would have helped save his life.
For two days Minnesota State Patrol rushed blood supplies to Cameron at Kittson Healthcare (pictured) from Fargo to keep him alive
Kittson Healthcare only has 15 beds (pictured) and would normally transport patients to larger hospitals after they’re stable
Cameron died after surgery – and because of his Covid-19 diagnosis he was without his family.
His daughter said a nurse named Megan held his hand and told him it’s okay to go, according to the Herald.
‘A precious heart stopped beating last night. We couldn’t even be with you,’ Lindegard wrote in a Facebook post memorializing her father.
‘They are our angels on earth, we are so thankful for them,’ Lindegard said on nurses like Megan.
‘The doctors here don’t deserve this,’ she added, presumably referring to the staggering number of unvaccinated Covid patients who are overwhelming doctors.
However, Kittson Healthcare CEO Gabe Mooney said the facility is ‘not bursting at the seems,’ adding that the problem ‘is that we are caring for patients we wouldn’t normally care for’.
Cameron’s daughter Julie Lindegard (pictured) memorialized her father in a Facebook post and wrote: ‘A precious heart stopped beating last night. We couldn’t even be with you’
Kittson Healthcare CEO Gabe Mooney (pictured) said that the problem ‘is that we are caring for patients we wouldn’t normally care for,’ adding that doctors and nurses are being forced to spend more time on the phone finding beds for patients
Mooney also noted that doctors and nurses are being forced to spend more time on the phone finding beds for patients, which has taken time away from those who rely on them.
Lindegard then warned: ‘We are here to tell you this is real, and this is what we are living through.
‘Maybe we can change a few lives, maybe we can change a few minds, maybe we can save a few lives.’
The Herald reported that Cameron was well-known in the town where he lived in Kittson County, Minnesota. A US Army veteran himself, he worked as the veteran’s service officer for nearly two decades.
Cameron’s passing comes as a new model from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CSC) predicted that Covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations will continue to decline over the next month.
The forecast predicted weekly deaths will fall to as low as 3,900 by the week ending November 6 from the current 12,100 per week (pictured)
Covid hospitalizations are also predicted to drop to as few as 500 new patients admitted per week – a fifth straight week of projected declines (pictured)
Published on Wednesday, the ‘ensemble’ forecast combined 37 independent forecasts of coronavirus deaths over the next four weeks into one projection, which concluded that weekly COVID fatalities could fall to fewer than 4,000 by the week ending November 6.
Over the same time period hospitalizations are predicted to drop to as few as 500 per week.
On Wednesday, the US recorded 3,054 virus-related deaths and a seven-day rolling average of 1,657, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
These figures represent a 13 percent decrease from the 1,917 average deaths recorded on month ago.
BEST CASE SCENARIO FOR DEATHS: Deaths are also projected to drop from 11,563 current weekly deaths, or 1,651 per day, to 415 weekly fatalities, or about 59 per day (pictured)
A KFF analysis found that more than 90,000 deaths in the US between June and September of 2021 – 80 percent of total deaths – could have been prevented by the Covid-19 vaccines
At the same time infections across the US are still on the decline and the fourth wave of the pandemic, fueled by the Delta variant, is coming to an end.
According to the CDC forecast deaths are expected to decline even further over the next four weeks with between 3,900 and 13,100 new weekly deaths reported by November 6, 2021 – the third straight week of projected declines.
Additionally the forecast predicted a death toll of between 740,000 and 762,000 by the first week of November.
There have been more than 717,000 reported COVID deaths since the pandemic began, figures from Johns Hopkins show. However, a new analysis by researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that more than 90,000 COVID deaths from June to September 2021 could have been prevented if the patients had gotten vaccinated.
The report noted that more than half – nearly 50,000 – of those preventable deaths happened in September, and 24,600 in August – times when the vaccine was widely available.
KFF researchers want health officials to do more to help reach the remaining 70 million unvaccinated Americans, and convince them to get the shots to protect themselves.