Hallock, Minn. – A Kitson County Army veteran who was trapped in a rural health care center for two days because of the COVID-19 crisis has died.
Bob Cameron, 87, of Hallock, Minnesota, died just after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13.
This was the day after Fargo moved to Sanford.
Cameron was taken to Kitson Healthcare in Hallock on the morning of Sunday, October 10, for a gastrointestinal bleed. Normally, a 15-bed facility would move her only after she was stabilized. However, every hospital in North Dakota and Minnesota was full. Doctors in both the states blame this on those who have not been vaccinated and are taking all their beds.
This forced the Minnesota State Patrol to carry out an emergency blood supply from Fargo to Hallock for two days to keep Cameron alive.
“It’s hell. He doesn’t deserve it,” said Cameron’s daughter Julie Lindgaard. “The doctors here don’t deserve it.”
Cameron’s family says he was stable when he was transferred, but that “all hell broke loose” after he arrived at Fargo. He could not have a colonoscopy due to heavy bleeding.
Grandpa had emergency surgery to remove his colon, but it didn’t stop the bleeding.
Cameron’s family said taking her to the hospital two days earlier would have helped save her life.
Cameron also came down with COVID-19 despite getting a booster shot, so he was without his family when he died.
His daughter said that a nurse named Megan held her hand and said it was okay to go now.