The Ebola outbreak news just keeps getting worse…
Man Stuck In Liberia During Ebola Crisis Dies
Remember when we told you about Sheik Umar Khan, the top Ebola doctor who contracted the disease in Africa?
Well the crisis on that continent has claimed another victim; a Maryland man who didn’t have Ebola but got stuck during the quarantine and couldn’t get the treatment he needed.
A comatose Maryland man who was stuck in Liberia during the ongoing Ebola quarantine has died, according to a webpage set up by his family.
Nathaniel Dennis, 24, was visiting family in Monrovia, Liberia this month when he suffered multiple seizures July 24. He was hospitalized and had been comatose since then, despite the efforts of his family to bring him to home for treatment.
Dennis died Wednesday morning in Sinkor, Liberia, according to an update on his family’s fundraising webpage.
In an effort to control the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, Liberia’s president has closed the majority of the country’s borders, meaning Dennis’ family was unable to transport him to a hospital in Ghana via medical evacuation — although he had tested negative for Ebola, his family said.
At the time of Dennis’ death, his family had been attempting to bring him to the U.S.
“Despite his family’s efforts to have his comatose body transported by [medevac] outside of the country to a medical facility with adequate equipment and [knowledge of] how to treat him; he was unable to receive the treatment that was necessary for his survival,” said an update on the “Bring Nathaniel Home” page on GoFundMe.com.
The post said that as Dennis grew sicker, he began to need dialysis and a ventilator — but the equipment wasn’t available at the facility where he was.
“…[S]o Nathaniel continued to lie comatose and untreated until his untimely passing,” the post read.
So far over 700 people have died due to the outbreak.
Condolences to Dennis’ family.
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