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Minnesota veteran who couldn't get a hospital bed for two days dies at 87

Bob Cameron, 87, was stuck at Kittson Healthcare in Hallock for two days, because every hospital in North Dakota and Minnesota was full.

Kittson County veteran who couldn't get a hospital bed passes away
87-year-old Bob Cameron
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HALLOCK, Minn. — A Kittson County Army veteran who was stuck at a rural health care center for two days due to the COVID-19 crisis has died.

Bob Cameron, 87, of Hallock, Minnesota, died just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13.

It was a day after he was transferred to Sanford in Fargo.

Cameron was rushed to Kittson Healthcare in Hallock Sunday morning, Oct. 10, for a gastrointestinal bleed. Normally, the 15-bed facility would transfer him right after stabilizing him. However, every hospital in North Dakota and Minnesota was full. Doctors in both states blame that on people who are unvaccinated taking all of their beds.

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That forced the Minnesota State Patrol for two days to rush emergency blood supplies from Fargo to Hallock to keep Cameron alive.

"This is hell. He doesn't deserve this," Cameron's daughter, Julie Lindegard, said. "The doctors here don't deserve this."

Cameron's family says he was stable when he was transferred but "all hell broke loose," once he got to Fargo. He couldn't have a colonoscopy due to too much bleeding.

The grandfather underwent emergency surgery to remove his colon, but it didn't stop the bleeding.

Cameron's family said getting him to the hospital two days earlier would have helped save his life.

Cameron also came down with COVID-19, despite getting his booster shot, so he was without his family when he died.

His daughter said a nurse named Megan held his hand and told him it's OK to go.

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Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at mhenson@wday.com and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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