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Elderly Cancer Patient, Clarence Blackmon, Calls 911 Because He's Hungry, Operator Brings Him Groceries

14/05/2015 09:59 BST | Updated 14/05/2015 10:59 BST

An 911 operator personally came to the rescue of an elderly cancer patient who was trapped starving in his home after being discharged from hospital.

Clarence Blackmon - who has no immediate family - called the emergency services out of desperation when he was confined to a chair with no way of buying food.

"What I need is someone to get to the grocery store and bring me some food because I need to eat something," he told the operator. "Whatever you can do to help. I can’t do anything. I can’t go anywhere. I can’t get out of my damn chair."

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The 81-year-old was delighted when Marilyn Hinson, the same operator he spoke to, showed up at his house to make him a ham sandwich.

Flanked by two Fayetteville police officers, she delivered Blackmon a few bags of essentials and gave him some help in his time of need.

"He was hungry," Hinson said. "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."

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

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