Race Card Pays Off in Spades
• Family of African illegal alien who died of Ebola in America paid off by hospital.
By Pete Papaherakles —
The family of African immigrant Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the United States, recently settled a lawsuit with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas over allegations that doctors did not treat Duncan because they are “racist.” Duncan’s family, who on October 8 declared that they would sue the hospital immediately following his death, claimed that the hospital misdiagnosed Duncan initially simply because he was black and poor.
Duncan, a native of Liberia, was the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in America and the only person to die of the disease in the country. Six days after entering the U.S. on a visa to visit his sister in Texas, Duncan went to the emergency room at Texas Presbyterian Hospital, on September 26. After meeting with a doctor, he was sent home with antibiotics, but on the 28th, after vomiting in front of the apartment he was staying at, Duncan returned to the hospital by ambulance and was diagnosed with Ebola.
Having no previous contact with the disease and no known treatment, Duncan was given an experimental drug, but he died 10 days later. Two nurses who treated Duncan also were infected but ultimately recovered from the disease. Some of his relatives were quarantined for three weeks.
Experts contend that there is noway to know if Duncan would have survived had he been properly diagnosed on his initial hospital visit. By that point, Duncan was beyond the 21-day incubation period and the hospital had no cure for Ebola anyway.
But family members felt the hospital was somehow responsible for Duncan’s death and decided to sue for damages.
In an interview with CNN, Duncan’s nephew, Josephus Weeks, linked Duncan’s allegedly subpar treatment because of his race.
“Had he been another color, he probably would be living today, he would have survived it,”Weeks said. “And that’s what’s really hurting me the most. . . . They treated him the way they did because of the color of his skin.”
Failing to make a clear case for his theory, Weeks added: “You stand a chance if you’re white, but not if you’re black.”
The Duncan family attorneys also piled it on, accusing Texas Presbyterian of not providing Duncan with state-of-the-art experimental treatments and rushing him to advanced medical facilities like the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The reason, they claim, is because Duncan was poor, had no insurance and was black.
Although Weeks and the attorneys played the race card well, they are being disingenuous.
Here is the truth about Duncan.
Duncan left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the U.S. on September 20. Liberian officials have admitted that Duncan lied on a health form in order to conceal his exposure to Ebola. The chairman of the Liberia Airport Authority told The New York Times: “[Duncan] lied on his form. If he had answered truthfully, he would have been sent to secondary screening immediately and not allowed to leave.”
What did he lie about? When he was asked on the health form whether he had contact with someone who had Ebola, Duncan answered, “no.” The Times, however, reported that on September 15 Duncan helped a 19-year-old pregnant woman get to the hospital when she was convulsing and vomiting. The woman was so sick that Duncan had to carry her. That woman and members of her family later died from the Ebola virus.
Texas officials say Duncan came in contact with as many as 100 Americans during his visit here, including five children who attend four different schools, all of whom had to be watched closely after making contact with Duncan.
Yet due to political correctness and the failure on the part of the Obama administration to secure U.S. borders, Texas Presbyterian Hospital caved in to race-hustling extortion by Duncan’s family and settled out of court.
Details about the amount of the settlement were not disclosed during a November 12 press conference. Lee Weisbrod, a lawyer for the family, said that it would be enough to “take care” of Duncan’s parents and his four children.
The settlement must have been pretty lucrative for Duncan’s kin, however, as Weeks is now singing a new tune.
“I believe this facility is an outstanding facility,” Weeks now says about Presbyterian Hospital, and acknowledges that it’s human to err. “And we as humans—we’re not perfect, we make errors—but it’s how you recover from errors that make you who you are.”
Weisbrod said that the family also wants a book or movie produced to depict Duncan’s ordeal.
Only in America.
Pete Papaherakles is a writer and political cartoonist for AFP and is also AFP’s outreach director. Pete is interested in getting AFP writers and editors on the podium at patriotic events. Call him at 202-544-5977 if you know of an event you think AFP should attend.
How Fast Can Ebola Spread into an American Epidemic?
By Bill White
An estimated 9,000 people have been reportedly infected with Ebola in Africa, but the World Health Organization (WHO) says that only 20% of the cases are being reported—meaning that 45,000 in Africa have been infected. Some 70% of those infected die, and 4,300 are known to have died so far, meaning that it is unlikely that it has run its course with the 6,140 known cases. More than 2,860 Africans are still receiving treatment. With 20% of cases known, this really means that an estimated 21,500 people have died and 14,300 are still infected.
WHO is seeing 1,000 new cases per week, meaning 5,000 are really out there. By December, WHO says, there may be 10,000 new cases reported per week, meaning 50,000 would be out there. A private international group put the figures even higher—there may be 1.25 million infections and 875,000 Ebola deaths in Africa by January 2015.
Believe it or not, however, the infection in the United States is starting much as it did in Africa, despite claims that we have nothing to fear. An African immigrant brought the disease to our shores. His “baby-momma,” living in a squalid apartment, had him sleeping on a mattress on the floor, interacting with her, her friends and their children. Ordered to stay quarantined, she didn’t care about society but sent her kids to school so they could infect others.
Authorities are now quietly monitoring hundreds of possible cases of exposure, even though the issue seems to have disappeared from mainstream news reports. But how many Americans have been potentially exposed? One person exposes a hundred, and each of them exposes a hundred more. That’s 10,000. Then each of them exposes a hundred. That’s 1 million. Then there’s 100 million, then the whole Earth.
The authorities say not to worry because Ebola is passed only through bodily fluids. Well, HIV is only contagious through bodily fluids, and that virus has infected over 1 million in the U.S. alone. We are all sacks of bodily fluids. One nurse contracted Ebola by touching her skin as she was removing a glove used to touch the skin of an Ebola patient. How often do we brush against or just slightly touch strangers?
If Ebola spreads in the U.S., it is going to start among the poor and irresponsible whom America has never compelled to take care of themselves and who believe that somehow the government will fix whatever they do wrong. When people see quarantine orders being enforced, as in Liberia, they will stop reporting the disease. And its initial symptom, a low-grade fever, will lead them to think nothing is wrong.
Will Ebola end the world? No. The Black Plague was comparable, and humanity survived. The 1918 influenza epidemic carried off 10% of the world’s population and is barely remembered.
But this will have been an avoidable plague. If America would simply control its borders—its land borders and its air and sea borders—this will never happen. But, as this newspaper’s readers know all too well, this is not happening. Our borders are as porous as a sieve. Will we again have to pay the price of internationalism? This time, that price may be millions of lives.
Bill White is a freelance journalist and publisher based in Florida. He has also written articles for THE BARNES REVIEW (TBR) magazine. You can write him at: William A. White 201400005514 Seminole County Jail 211 Bush Blvd Sanford FL 32773.