The family of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are venting their frustration that the late Liberian may not have received the same quality of care leading up to his death Wednesday morning as the other patients treated in the U.S. for the deadly virus. Duncan is the first man diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.
‘No one has died of Ebola in the U.S. before. This is the first time,’ Duncan’s furious nephew Joe Weeks told ABC.’
Weeks and others in Duncan’s family accused the hospital of ‘unfair’ treatment after seeing other patients pulled from the brink of death in government-funded evacuation planes and using life-saving blood transfusions and cutting edge drugs according to media report.
Five US citizens have been diagnosed with Ebola and three of them have survived it. NBC News cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, the latest American victim, arrived at the infectious disease ward at the University of Nebraska Medical Center this week for treatment. A fourth victim, a World Health Organization doctor, is being treated in Atlanta.
All five have been flown to specially designed infectious disease wards in Nebraska or Atlanta for treatment by some of the world’s top doctors.
The disappointment from Duncan’s family also stems from what happened before Duncan was checked by doctors but after he fell ill – when the Liberian was initially turned sent home by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital – the same hospital that later admitted him.
‘What if they had taken him right away? And what if they had been able to get treatment to him earlier,’ said Dallas pastor George Mason, a confidante of the family’s, according to a CNN report.
While Mason told reporters that Duncan’s fiance Louise Troh ‘is not seeking to create any kinds of divisions in our community,’ she has called for a full review of his medical care.
- Thomas Eric Duncan died at 7.51am on Wednesday after receiving no potentially-lifesaving blood transfusion or ZMapp
- He was sent home when he first arrived at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital with symptoms of the disease
- Five other Ebola patients treated in the US are either cured or in the recovery stage
- A pastor said he never achieved his last wish of seeing his son again
- Mr Duncan’s remains were sent for cremation today and would be returned to his family
- Dr Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol received the ZMapp ‘miracle drug,’ though officials say it has since run out
- Dr Rick Sacra and NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo have received transfusions of Dr Brantley’s blood