Elderly cancer patient calls 911 because he has no food, operator buys him groceries

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (May 13, 2015) – An 81-year-old North Carolina man returned home Tuesday after spending months in the hospital for cancer treatments and rehab. He was hungry so he opened his refrigerator. And that’s when he realized he had no food.

According to WTVD, he was desperate and hungry and he had no way of getting to the store. So he called 911. Blackmon said that he told the 911 operator, “I can’t do anything, I can’t go anywhere, I can’t get out of my damn chair.”

WTVD reports that Operator Marilyn Hinson took his call and told him they would take him some groceries. Hinson told WTVD, “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.”

All Blackmon wanted was a head of cabbage, some cans of beans and beets, some popcorn, tomato juice and soft drinks.

Hinson went to the grocery store, bought the groceries, and delivered them to Blackmon with the help of Fayetteville police officers.

Blackmon told WTV is was a blessing.

“It was like a little miracle ringing in my ear,” Blackmon said. “I thought, ‘Jesus, you answered those prayers!'”

WTVD reports that Blackmon will soon have a home nurse who will check on him twice a week.

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