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“They left him to die like a dog” – Sister of Liberian Thomas Duncan, First Person Diagnosed with Ebola in US



Mary Pearson

Mary Pearson

Many are still outraged over the death of Thomas Eric Duncan,the Liberian man who become the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola Virus on United States soil. Why did he have to die? How come every other Ebola patient in the US has been cured? Why couldn’t he be saved just like they were? These are questions that have plagued the minds of Duncan’s family and loved ones.

His sister, 52-year-old Mary Pearson, recently shared her thoughts on the matter with Daily Mail. Here are excerpts from the interview:

On why she thinks Duncan died

Eric suffered in exile and it really hurts me. They didn’t feel sorry for him. They didn’t give him drugs. They had the means to treat him but they treated him like a dog. They are wicked. They didn’t treat him because they said he brought Ebola to America.

Her theory about how Ebola & AIDS came into existence

What we heard is that Ebola was created by the Americans and they sent it to kill us. You are the ones that sent it to kill us. They sent the virus and infected people here.Then they blamed Liberians for Ebola. They killed that boy for nothing…

There is a weapon (AIDS)  that can be put in a room where there are black and white people, and it will kill only the black and spare the white, because it is a genotype weapon that is designed for your genes, for your race, for your kind.

On last moments spent with her brother before his trip to the US

I hugged him and I was ruffling his hair because he was always cleaning his hair.  He was happy. We were all happy that day. His son had sent for him and he was going to America to see him.

His family in the US filed a lawsuit against Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital due to what they described as the hospital’s negligence in handling the case. According to reports, Duncan visited the hospital when he first began developing symptoms, and informed them that he had recently visited Africa. Despite having an extremely high temperature, they sent him home. Three days later, the symptoms manifested in full force, and he was hospitalized and subsequently died.

MSNBC reports that the family has finally reached a settlement with the hospital. Details of the settlement were not revealed, however; sources say “it will be enough to care for Duncan’s parents and his four children.” Also, the hospital has waived the hospital fee for Duncan’s treatment.

Photo Credit: Daily Mail/Gethin Chamberlain


  1. tama

    November 13, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I also felt he was left to die , maybe after confirming he lied on the forms he filled at the airport they felt ” this guy must be a joker”
    just the way Patrick thought he would get better medical treatment here in Nigeria, Duncan felt the same way.

  2. unadite

    November 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    ”twas a strategic decision….They do not want potential Ebola patients flooding their country.

  3. ATL's finest

    November 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    “Left him to die like a dog ke???” RIP to him but Ma’am he lied, putting everyone’s life as risk. The nurse isn’t a psychic & she can’t read mind. That’s the hospital my close friend works at in Dallas & honey I was scared for her safety!

  4. MC

    November 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Ermmmm she thinks AIDS only kills black people??

  5. mujer

    November 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I did not know that the white patients I treat with aids are actually black in their genes. Ha! You learn something new everyday. Sigh.

  6. sarata

    November 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    As long as this person is not from Nigeria you have no empathy or sympathy. Its a disease and people are dieing, medical team from other countries are coming to help but non from your contry and all you do is to criticise.

    • Iris

      November 13, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Your first sentence is untrue.. granted our president is just mucking around like he has nothing to do when Nigeria could at least send medical supplies but people are aware of what is going on. That’s like us criticising the rest of Africa for not helping us fight Boko Haram (which they should be doing actually)

  7. tunmi

    November 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    HE DID NOT LIE. Again, he did not lie.

    • xoxo

      November 15, 2014 at 9:05 am

      He lied joor, on the landing form he filled he wrote that he hadn’t come in contact with anyone infected with the virus, meanwhile he took care of his cousin that had Ebola. He wasn’t honest.

  8. Iris

    November 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    He didn’t lie. Unlike Patrick Sawyer he didn’t know the girl he helped had ebola. They thought she had pregnancy complications. They did not find out what was wrong until after he left Liberia.


    November 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    RIP to. the dead.
    We have to understand that American money is not “community fund”
    We always forget that. Africans should fix their countries and plan their future well. We owe it to ourselves and our children, yet unborn.

  10. Halia

    November 13, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Everything they do is strategic… Without a doubt. Everything.

  11. Pat

    November 14, 2014 at 1:20 am

    @Nnenne, spot on

  12. kiki

    November 14, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Shut the hell up!

  13. Somebody

    November 14, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Hmmmmmm sha oh, this man died in America and his family is going to get a settlement from there hospital where he died. Please, does anyone know how much the Liberian government or hospitals is paying out to the victims of ebola, and their families, who couldn’t be reached by an ambulance or medical support staff?

  14. Wifey

    November 15, 2014 at 2:50 am

    YES HE LIED. He was asked if he came in contact with someone with Ebola, he said no. Yet they interviewed folks from Liberia who said he helped his neighbor from a taxi to her home. The woman was bleeding profusely from her mouth and died the next day. Even a blind man could have seen that was a symptom of Ebola. The pastor of the church he went to said he was surprised how the guy was hugging people at the church.

    Common… this man was willfully negligent. You know there is a communicable disease going on, and you are hugging people. He tried to play dumb, and it cost him his life.

  15. Wifey

    November 15, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Duncan most likely contracted Ebola from this woman. He didn’t think the woman had Ebola because “her family said she didn’t”. But common people…. can we be real with ourselves? You see someone bleeding profusely (they call it red and black in Liberia) and you are not suspicious???? AT ALL????

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