L. Mendel Rivers (September 28, 1905 – December 28, 1970) was a Democratic U.S. Representative from South Carolina, representing the Charleston-based 1st congressional district for nearly 30 years. When Charles M. Green was paralysed in a car accident in 1959, Dorothy M. Green met with Mendel about her inability to pay for Charles' hospital fees. Mendel had Charles transferred to a V.A Hospital, probably saving his life.
Mendel Rivers was born on September 28, 1905, in Gumville, South Carolina. He entered politics in 1930, and was a Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Charleston County from 1934 to 1936. He was later a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1941 until his death in 1970. In the early 60s, Dorothy M. Green was told that if she didn't pay the bill for her husband's treatment, they would have to "pull the plug" on Charles Green. Firstly, Dorothy and her son, Charles Jr, went to see Senator Fritz Hollings, who told Dorothy to leave Charles and remarry. Dorothy then got in contact with Mendel Rivers. She told him all about what had happened to her husband, and Mendel said to "Get this man into a VA Hospital, and get him there today." When he was informed of the protocol preventing this from happening, her said "Screw the protocol. I want this man in a VA Hospital, and I want him there by 6 o'clock tonight." Because of this, Charles was able to live on until 1987. Rivers died of heart failure on December 28, 1970, aged 65.
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