Sometimes a wrong number turns out to be exactly the right one.
When Lisa Nagengast flew home to Florida on Saturday, all seemed well with her brother back in Nebraska.
Greg Holeman, 48, was out of the hospital after a risky surgery, and home care had been set up.
But then came the troubling phone call from her brother: The incision from his spinal fusion was oozing blood and pus. His left leg had gone numb. And he couldn’t find a ride to the hospital, Nagengast posted in a Facebook account of what unfolded Saturday night back in Nebraska.
An Army veteran living on disability in Columbus, Nebraska, Holeman believed he couldn’t afford a ride to the hospital, his sister said. He didn’t have the cash on hand for a taxi and didn’t believe his VA insurance would cover an ambulance, she said. (In a statement Wednesday, the Omaha VA said it urges veterans in need of an ambulance to call one.)