Via FrontPageAfrica, a long report: At Catholic Hospital, Several Ebola Deaths Traced to Sawyer. Excerpt:
When Patrick Sawyer took his sister, Princess who was bleeding profusely to the St. Joseph Catholic hospital, healthcare workers ran to the rescue, but this hospitality led to the trail of death from the deadly Ebola Virus that no one ever imagined could possibly happen, with up to six deaths now in Liberia and two in Nigeria including an ECOWAS Protocol officer.
Shocking news, trails of death, the St. Joseph Catholic hospital is now a ghost town with the entire staff evacuated and some still counting days at isolation centers hoping for a miracle to recover. Since last week there has been news of deaths emanating from the Hospital. The first was the Hospital’s Chief Administrator Patrick Nshamdze, 52, from Cameroon who died on August 2, 2014 after contracting the deadly Ebola virus then followed more deaths.
Six persons have now died from the hospital, including a Spanish priest who died on Tuesday after being airlifted to Spain for treatment, after contracting the deadly virus disease. Three women's health-workers, including a Congolese nun have died and one medical doctor from the hospital.
But the death trail is even more shocking as all points to one person. On a fateful day in early July, a lady known as Princess, who happened to be the sister of a senior Liberian Finance Ministry official, was brought in to the hospital, escorted by her brother Patrick Sawyer. The woman was bleeding profusely and every other health worker was afraid to touch her as news of the deadly Ebola outbreak had already spread according to sources.
Initial report points to miscarriage
A FrontPageAfrica’s investigation has found that due to the refusal of the health workers to promptly attend to the sick woman the late Nshamdze, who was chief administrator at the hospital decided to help care for the woman. Sources say he attended to the sick woman and convinced other health workers that the case was purely signs of a miscarriage and encouraged the other doctor to carry out a certified abortion procedure.
Sources informed FrontPageAfrica that despite the procedure, the bleeding did not stop and the woman died. Several persons who came in contact with the woman, sister of Sawyer still did not suspect that something was wrong, then exactly 18 days after her death, came the news of her brother’s death. Patrick Sawyer left Liberia to attend an ECOWAS Conference in Nigeria and he also started showing symptoms of the deadly virus and on August 25, he was pronounced dead by Nigerian authorities. In Nigeria, a total of thirteen cases has been reported as a result of the Ebola virus, with two deaths.
Sawyer’s death created tremors in Liberia and people in high places found it difficult to believe. But the situation with how Sawyer left Liberia remains shrouded in controversy. Yet the repercussion of his trip to the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital is still being felt.
Sources say following Sawyer's death health workers at the hospital began to show signs of the deadly virus, but denial again reigned. Sources say when the healthcare workers at the hospital began to notice that Brother Nshamdze was showing signs of the disease, they admonished him to do a test to find out whether he had the virus, since in fact he had come in contact with the Sawyers.
But he was also in denial and because of that, did not show the true outcome of the first test that came out positive. But, how a negative result was pronounced that came back two weeks later as positive is still a puzzle that Liberians are trying to piece together.