Thomas Duncan, the first known to develop Ebola in the United States, died a hero

If you are listening to those who see Thomas Duncan’s death as an assault against African-Americans, I see it as something much differently.  I see it as a most unfortunate incident but also an opportunity to help this nation prepare to fight the most deadly virus that we have ever faced.

The article titled “Officials watch and wait after first US Ebola death” by Everett Rosenfeld and Associated Press reported “Hours after the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died of the disease, health officials moved to ease public worries and protect Americans by instituting increased screenings for airline passengers arriving from West Africa.  Beginning at JFK airport on Saturday, and moving to four other airports next week, authorities will be questioning these travelers about potential Ebola contact and taking their temperatures, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a Wednesday media conference.”

Based on that, I call him a hero.  I call him a hero because his death has already made this nation add more security to their screenings from and to the United States and the benefits that medical professionals may learn from his death.  The more we are able to discover, the better our system will be to combat this deadly disease.  American should applaud this man and should come to realize that without his sacrifice, we may not be as knowledgeable about this disease and in the words of Dr. Frieden "It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am. Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle," a statement from Texas Health Resources said.”


The Thomas Eric Duncan Story will be talked about in medical circles for years to come and it is my prayer that his death finally delivers to us a much better way to fight this disease if not a cure to it.  Either way, his death should never be limited to his skin color but unlimited to the opportunity he has given us. His life should be celebrated by this nation if for no other reason than that. 

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