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Published November 21, 2011, 07:07 PM

Fargo police rescue homeless man from bitter cold conditions

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Possibly no one is more susceptible to the cold than the homeless. And the freezing temperatures proved too much for one man to handle here in Fargo. It's a reminder tonight about the dangers of cold weather.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Possibly no one is more susceptible to the cold than the homeless. And the freezing temperatures proved too much for one man to handle here in Fargo. It's a reminder tonight about the dangers of cold weather.

The mobile call came in early this morning from this desolate, wooded area near the intersection of I-29 and I-94.

Lt. Joel Vettel – Fargo Police Department: "Again he was able to call us and he did have some strong symptoms such as an inability to walk and stand very easily."

It took police about a half hour to find the man, and when they did they recognized clear signs of hypothermia. He was immediately transported to an area hospital. Sanford Hospital treats at least 100 cases of hypothermia each year. But not every case is related to homeless individuals."

Dr. Bhargav Mistry – Sanford Health: "Few of them are homeless, but the majority of patients are those involved in car accidents. They're found in the middle of the road in a ditch and they have been laying there for few hours."

Symptoms of hypothermia include confusion, drowsiness and shallow breathing. If untreated, it can lead to amputation, heart and respiratory system failure or even death.

Dr. Bhargav Mistry: "The best thing is prevention. The hypothermia can be prevented and it's important you wear adequate clothing if possible have a cell phone."

And most recently, a cell phone was exactly what saved one man's life. An influx of homeless people is expected this year. If that happens, Dr. Mistry says the hospital will likely treat more hypothermia cases.

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