Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Nursing Home Residents Rescued After Photo Goes Viral

Nursing Home Residents Rescued After Photo Goes Viral

The patients of La Bella Vita nursing home on wheelchairs could be seen clutching their belongings after Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston over the weekend.

STRANDED nursing home residents were saved after an online photo went viral. The water didn't rise higher than the level in the photo, but by then, the residents had been sitting in it for nine hours.

"We're very grateful", McIntosh told ABC News about the nursing home rescue.

Lampson said she wasn't at La Vita Bella when her staff first called about water bubbling up out of a toilet.

"They did look sort of calm in that photo", she said.

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Some Twitter users initially thought the image was fake, prompting McIntosh to post a follow-up tweet.

McIntosh later spoke to ABC News, and said he is very grateful for the people involved in the rescue.

At about 9 a.m., Lampson sent daughter, Kimberly, a picture of the women sitting in the water.

McIntosh expressed his gratitude on Twitter after the rescue, tweeting, "RESCUED!" "We were working on a solution for the nursing home, and it was in progress, so social media can sometimes leave one with the wrong impression". "We were working on a solution for the nursing home, and it was in progress, so social media can sometimes leave one with the wrong impression". The family lived in San Antonio prior to moving to the Tampa area about a year ago, she said. "Thank you to the National Guard & the Galveston City Emergency crew for our rescue; @GalvestonOEM #houstonflood @NationalGuard".

McIntosh tweeted the photo, which quickly went viral and led to the seniors' rescue.

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