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The First To die of Ebola in the US, Isn’t Like the Rest

Updated on October 10, 2014

The first Ebola patient to die in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan happens to be from another country, from a part of African (West Africa) where more than 3,000 people have died since March in the hands of this monstrous viral killer disease. A report about his death read:

“The Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola last month just days after arriving in Texas has died following nearly two weeks in a Dallas hospital's isolation room, officials confirmed”.

He also happens to have died in a PRESBYTERIAN Hospital, where according to report, he was at first turned away, sent home with antibiotics and pain reliever. Even though he told the medical staff he had been to West Africa, had fever (as high as 103 degree according to AP report), abdominal pain and was vomiting ("all symptoms of Ebola"), without any screening for the virus. When he was later admitted for treatment, it took them one week before giving him the readily available experimental drug.

And get this, he wasn't even giving ZMapp, the most famous one, which have been used to treat at least five survivors, but was giving brincidofovir. Another experimental drug described by David Gutierrez, a staff writer for Natural News to be "Unlike ZMapp, which consists of a cocktail of antibodies, brincidofovir is an anti-retroviral drug, much like HIV medications." Also there haven't been any report, suggesting that the hospital made any effort for blood from the other survivors donated for him.

But, thankfully, before him, reports on the victims of this virus, treated in the United States have all been good:

“Two American aid workers treated at a Georgia hospital for three weeks after becoming infected with the deadly Ebola virus have recovered and now pose no health risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.”

“The first American flown back to the U.S. after contracting Ebola has donated blood to an NBC News freelance cameraman who was also diagnosed with the virus. Photojournalist Ashoka Mukpo’s family told NBC News early Wednesday that Dr. Kent Brantly was contacted by the Nebraska Medical Center and asked to give plasma. Experts hope the survivor’s antibodies will kick-start Mukpo's immune system.”

“We are very grateful to the US government and the doctors, nurses and support staff who have provided Ashoka with such excellent care. We have every reason to believe that Ashoka will make a full recovery and return to his great work helping those around the world”.



So, the fact that Thomas didn’t survive or wasn’t adequately provided the opportunity to fight for his survival like the others, is it because he is black and African? Or is it because he wasn't in the system and hadn't health insurance? Or he just needed to die for sneaking Ebola into the U.S. like a terrorist? Or was the PRESBYTERIAN medical facility ill equipped to deal with such cases? Or did the hard to openly admit prejudice inherently harbored by all of us had something to do with why he wasn’t fiercely saved like the others? Making his partner, "and the woman he had planned to marry" the first in the U.S. to utter such painful words like this:

“His suffering is over. My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God. Our deepest sympathies go out to his father and family in Liberia and here in America. Eric was a wonderful man who showed compassion toward all”.

I guess, we may never know. But, since the hospital is affiliated to followers of Jesus the savior, we just have to believe they did all they should to save this man. Who in all ramification wasn't just like the rest of them. Who on the surface represented a person who should be taken to Jesus for stoning, like the adulterous woman (John 8:1-11). Yet, from scriptural indications it was him at the helm of affairs, he would ignore any difference or misdeed on the part of the patient, and do even more than required so the life of Thomas Eric Duncan will be saved. I also very well hope that as a compassionate nation, stones weren't deliberately left unturned at any level because this man wasn't like the others.


But, lets face the obvious fact, which many may not like to accept or speak about, he was different. There was no way he could receive the same treatment like the rest. And now, he has become history: The first and only person to die of Ebola disease in the U.S. In a facility founded on the visions of men of God. Or has the mission of the Hospital changed? Or is it no longer affiliated to Highland Park Presbyterian Church? Also, I thought why the 'no need for panic about Ebola' campaign by health officials in this country is because there is a robust and well equipped system in place to deal with it? I will think such system will not only adequately control it's spread, but will also treat each case, as have been the case before his'. Guess, the system didn't fail, but it failed the man Thomas. It will be painful if it had anything to do with the fact that this victim was different.


FoxNews. Dallas Ebola patient dies, hospital confirms. Retrieved from http://

Stephanie Federico. Ashoka Mukpo - Fight Against Ebola. Retrieved from fic8ks

NBCNews. Ebola Survivor Dr. Kent Brantly Donates Blood to Ashoka Mukpo. Retrieved from brantly-donates-blood-ashoka-mukpo-n220811

Scott Gordon & The Associated PressEbola Patient Dr. Kent Brantly Discharged, Cured of Deadly Disease. Retrieved from Dr-Kent-Brantly-to-Leave-Hospital-Thursday-272102161.html

Catherine E. Shoichet, Elizabeth Cohen and Ashley Fantz, CNN. After Texas Ebola patient's death, 'what ifs' haunt loved ones. Retrieved from health/ebola-us/index.html

David Gutierrez. Medical robot kills Ebola with UV light. Retrieved from http://


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    • Donald Ogba profile imageAUTHOR

      Obinna Donald Ogba 

      4 years ago from Los Angeles

      someonewhoknows, so he deserve to die for not knowing better? Or be kept for a week before getting a drug, which could have helped him live? Guess, I have to respect your opinion. And you are right pointing out another aspect of his case which is different from that of others. But, I think we can do better for all, irrespective of differences or ill doings.

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      4 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      His case is different because he didn't know he had the disease until it was too late to do as much about it than in the other cases where they knew they had it or knew they were exposed to it. He apparently did not or ignored the possibility that he had exposed himself to it. Or,denied the truth of the matter to himself. Unfortunately he got sick some time after being exposed even though he didn't feel sick at first. He should have known better after all the news about it in the media.

    • Donald Ogba profile imageAUTHOR

      Obinna Donald Ogba 

      4 years ago from Los Angeles

      mdscoggins, you are right. Having a robust and ready health system that can efficiently handle Ebola, not only means that its spread can be controlled, but that cases can be treated. This was the case till his'. The system didn't fail, but it failed him because he is different.

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      Michelle Scoggins 

      4 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Hi Donald - great article. I think you really pointed out many untold truths about the differences of Mr. Duncan and how that was blatantly ignored despite the obvious.


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