Excuses From The Other Side


A Man came from Liberia to pay a visit to his son in the United States. He got ill a couple of days later and was sent to the ER. At first, they found out nothing was wrong for this man except he have a fever of 103, and a mild abdominal pain. He was later sent home. But four hours later, he was back with a severe abdominal pain followed by vomiting and that’s when the hospital feared the worst. The man Thomas Duncan had Ebola, a dangerous illness that has a high percentage of death, from 50 to 90 percent if not treated right away. Duncan was in intensive care on quarantine for a couple of days and on Wednesday, he passed away.

But that’s not all. Many people including me judged this individual with all the hatred we can carry, calling him a liar for lying to authorities at the airport, and now this issue of the race card baffles me in red as a sign that, we still ignorant, not knowing what’s the real story behind this. Now his family is angered because the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital didn’t do “enough” to save Duncan from a deathly disease. That the fault lies in the color of his skin. That the hospital didn’t do the “proper” procedures to at least gave him the Zmapp or blood transfusion, but the issue is not about the color of his skin, the issue is about the ability to pay since he’s uninsured. Even thought hospitals can’t deny any patient to be treated regardless of the ability to pay, they assumed to wash their hands in the issue and say “We did our best providing Mr. Duncan with the same high level of attention and are that would be given any patient, regardless of nationality or ability to pay for care.” Really? They claimed 50 people provided care for Mr. Duncan in a 24 hour intensive care. They gave him an experimental drug brincidofovir instead of the Zmapp because the Zmapp wasn’t available. But you know now the Zmapp is ready once again to be put on the market after Duncan died. The other alternative was blood transfusion from Ebola survivors in the states, but as always he wasn’t compatible so why they didn’t get blood from his type in the first place from Africa? Time isn’t always at the essence for him, right? If Texas Hospital considered moving Duncan to Atlanta were the “best of the best” nurses and doctor specialized in Ebola illness, he would be alive, not another deadly statistic. Like I always said, there’s a way, there’s definitely a way. But now, it seems too late, the guy is dead and his family is in mourning and on constant watch because Duncan was in physical contact with them.

So right now for one uninsured person, that person dies. I wonder how many uninsured will die because of “proper care” and not necessarily have to be with illegals? The other people will be the minimum wage earners who will endure the same excuse of not being treated the right way. The CDC has to be in check, and so the hospital staff have to learn and be rightfully trained how to deal with patients with Ebola while minimizing the risk. At least in Texas, they didn’t follow the protocol and now there’s a nurse who tested positive for it. Very catastrophic.

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