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October 7th, 2014
10:01 PM ET

Dallas Ebola patient waited nearly a week for experimental drug: "I'm concerned with the delay," Jesse Jackson says

(CNN) - Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, received an experimental medicine nearly a week after being admitted into the hospital - a far longer wait than experienced by four other Ebola patients treated in the United States.

Those patients - two each at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center - received their experimental medicines immediately. Those four are U.S. citizens; Duncan is a Liberian national.
"We feel he didn't get the medicine and treatment for the disease because he's African and they don't consider him as important as the other three," Josephus Weeks, Duncan's nephew, said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who attended the press conference with Weeks and Duncan's mother as a newly appointed spokesman for the family, added, "We don't feel good about that. It's been a concern he had to wait so long."

Jackson said he thinks money also played a role in Duncan's treatment.

"I would tend to think that those who do not have insurance, those who do not have Medicaid do not have the same priorities as those who do," the civil rights leader said.

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  1. DK

    He was not a US citizen and I am sorry if that offends some people but it is time this country starts putting its citizens first.

    October 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  2. Kate

    Please, please, if you have a relative who is going to travel to or fly from those hard hit areas, could you please beg them stop them coming to the continent until Ebola is under controlled?
    If you don't think your family is that weak and is immune to the disease, please consider all people around you who helped you in the past. How can you have a heart to put other kind people in danger for whatever reason you have? It is pretty much like someone carrying a tickling bomb to a farm market.
    Duncan is gone, but he should not go in vain. The family members should stand up to educate people to realize the danger of the virus and help people stop the friends/relatives coming in from those areas. So at least we can keep the people safe here.

    October 17, 2014 at 8:19 am | Reply
  3. ART

    I'am sorry but this man has put every American in jeopardy by not being truthful about his contacts with infected persons,that being said I think the hospital in Dallas was not up to par. I also think that the powers that be at that hospital were probably more concerned with the cost and the lack of insurance of a foreigner initially, until they realized how serious the situation was. If Duncans family believe they have a law suit, I think they are friggin crazy

    October 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  4. Freed slave child

    Duncan is the grand child of a freed slave, now Jesse gotta get involved nsk, nsk!

    October 14, 2014 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  5. SusieQ

    With regard to the alleged inadequate treatment of Duncan, the ebola patient, I would like to see Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital publish the total dollar amount of taxpayer funds expended on this man's treatment and carel

    October 12, 2014 at 6:12 am | Reply
  6. Bobbi

    here we go....money....Jessie Jackson....al Sharpton It doesn't matter that this man knew he had the disease and travelled exposing many people to it. Black...Black... It's racism. Money is all that Sharpton and Jackson see. Not what this man did to the many people he exposed himself to. Next it's sue the hospital...sue the doctors. We live in a horrible world where blacks like Jackson and Sharpton don't do a dam thing for black people but take.

    October 9, 2014 at 10:28 am | Reply

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