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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — An 81-year-old North Carolina man spent months in the hospital being treated and rehabilitated after a cancer diagnosis.

WTVD reports that when Clarence Blackmon, who weighed 115 pounds, finally returned home, he was hungry and opened his refrigerator.

It was empty.

So he called 911.

“I can’t do anything,” he told the 911 operator Marilyn Hinson. “I can’t go anywhere. I can’t get out of my … chair.”

Hinson told Blackmon someone would bring him some groceries.

“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,” Hinson told WTVD.

Blackmon asked for cabbage, cans of beans and beets, popcorn, tomato juice, and soft drinks.

Hinson went to the store and with the help of local police officers delivered them to Blackmon’s door. She even made some sandwiches.

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