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Thomas Eric Duncan presented himself at Texas Presbyterian Hospital on September 25, 2014, and was sent home even after he told medical personnel that he had traveled from Liberia. Yes, the same Liberia that has been in the spotlight all over the world due to the deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus and its possible global implications if it isn’t contained.
Then when he went back to the hospital, by this time terribly ill, days went by before he was given an experimental treatment. Oddly, two humanitarian workers who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Liberia were treated with an experimental drug almost immediately when they were flown back to the United States. Both workers’ health improved after the treatment.
Both of them were on a noble mission risking their lives to help others, both were going over and above the c all of duty, both received top-notch medical treatment, and both just happened to be white. If, even in the onset of a possible universal outbreak, color cannot be put aside, race relations are in an even more deplorable state then we knew.
Let us keep those suffering with this virus, as well as their family and friends, in our prayers. And let us all take this opportunity to remember that people are people and we should all be afforded the same quality of care in the time of illness. I thank you.