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

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

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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