Judge extends temporary restraining order on Pungo Hospital demolition

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BELHAVEN, N.C. (WNCT) – Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal is making one last plea, hoping lawmakers can help him save the town’s rural hospital.

O’Neal, along with the state’s NAACP and town residents, rallied outside the governor’s mansion, chanting “Save our hospital.”

Some shared stories of their hardships after losing the close proximity of a hospital.

Mikey Hammel said his friend died in the ambulance waiting for a helicopter.

“It’s a sad, sad country when you play with someone’s life – with children’s lives, old people’s lives, poor people’s lives, black people’s lives – it doesn’t matter.”

A judge extended a temporary restraining order delaying demolition pending a hearing on a preliminary injunction.

Vidant Health and Pantego Creek LCC plan to tear down the property.

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