*The relatives of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the US along with Jesse Jackson are still speaking out about the treatment Duncan and the family received from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
The NY Times is reporting that the family says Duncan’s remains were cremated without their knowledge or permission and that Duncan was given substandard care because he was African.
Josephus Weeks, a nephew of Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, who died Wednesday (10-08-14), told the Times his uncle had been “handled poorly, unfairly, and an injustice was done.”
Mr. Weeks spoke to reporters on Saturday in Chicago with Mr. Jackson and Mr. Duncan’s mother, Nowai Gartay. They asked why Mr. Duncan had not been taken to Nebraska Medical Center, where two Americans who contracted the disease in West Africa have been treated. And they said the Dallas hospital, Texas Health Presbyterian, had not immediately informed them that Mr. Duncan had died and had led them to believe that he was still alive.
“I feel bad about my son,” Ms. Gartay said inside a chapel at the Chicago headquarters of Mr. Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. “We call the hospital — they know that my son died, and they didn’t tell me. They only told me, ‘You can’t talk to your son.’ ”
Mr. Jackson said the other Ebola victims in the United States “came back to Atlanta and Nebraska, got quick treatment and early treatment, and their lives have been spared.”
“That did not happen with Eric Duncan,” he said. “And the critical hours, critical days, were missed.”
Unlike Mr. Duncan, the other Ebola patients treated in the United States were diagnosed in Africa and then flown to American hospitals.
Get the rest of this NY Times article at MSN News.