Detroit Father Turned Away THREE Times, Now Family Blames Hospital For Death
A Detroit father died in his living room after being repeatedly turned away from Michigan hospitals, reports Detroit Free Press.
Gary Fowler, 56, went to the three hospitals in the Detroit metro area leading up to his death. His son, Keith Gambrell, said he begged for coronavirus testing and informed hospital personnel that he was having trouble breathing – and was turned away.
“My dad passed at home, and no one tried to help him,” Keith cried. “He asked for help, and they sent him away. They turned him away.”
Fowler died in his living room and was found by his wife, Cheryl Fowler, who had dozed off next to him just hours before.
“My little brother called me, screaming, ‘Daddy won’t wake up!’ “Keith remembered.
Keith said when he arrived at his father’s home, first responders were already there. He said his final words to his father and wept that the family could not have a proper funeral.
Keith also told Detroit Free Press that hospitals told his father that he most likely had a fever from bronchitis and sent him home. The hospital informed Fowler that he should act like he has the virus.
“I honestly think that’s why the death rate for blacks is so high,” said Keith. “It’s because we’re being pushed to the back and told to go home, but come back if you can make it before you die. That shouldn’t be the medical procedure for anything.”
Detroit is one of the city’s hit hardest by the virus. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports that about 33 percent of the cases of Covid-19 are African-American. Studies show that in child-birth and beyond when Black communities bring concerns to doctors, they are rarely believed.
Hours before Fowler’s death in Michigan, Keith’s grandfather, David Fowler died from the coronavirus. David lived in the Boston Edison District, a predominately African-American area as well.
Keith told Detroit Free Press that the family thought David had a bad case of the flu. David was later rushed to the hospital and put on a ventilator after he passed out in his home’s bathroom.
He died on the same morning as his son, Gary. Read the full story here.
College student dies after contracting the coronavirus and being refused testing
Student, Bassey Offiong, 25, died in Detroit on Saturday after contracting the coronavirus reports Detroit News. Offiong was due to graduate from Western Michigan University with a chemical engineering degree this Spring. According to his sister, Asari Offiong, he had all the symptoms of coronavirus- fever, fatigue and shortness of breath.
“I told him to ask them to test him,” his sister said. “He said they refused to test him.”
Ms. Offiong said someone told her brother he had bronchitis and sent him home.
He was later hospitalized at Beaumont in Royal Oak and spent his last days on a ventilator in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
“I know God has him in his presence,” Ms. Offiong said. “He loved God.”
Western Michigan University President Edward Montgomery told Detroit News, Offiong was full of “enormous potential.” On Friday, the university announced that three members of the WMU family tested positive for coronavirus.
The first death of an infant infected with coronavirus reported in Chicago
A Chicago baby, under the age of one, is the first infant death in the US connected to the coronavirus, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said during a press conference.
“Today is a really hard day. I’m reporting 465 new cases and 13 additional deaths, including the tragic death of an infant,” Dr. Ezike said. Adding that an investigation is underway to determine the actual cause of death. China also reported a child younger than one die with coronavirus. That baby had a pre-existing condition.
Gov. JB Pritzker also addressed Illinois during a press conference on Saturday telling his citizens, “it’s appropriate for any of us to grieve today.” He later added that while the majority of people are honoring the stay-at-home order, it is “the people who aren’t obeying the stay-at-home rule — who are putting everyone in danger. It doesn’t take that many people, frankly, to break the rules and cause danger to others.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently closed popular parks after the community failed to recognize the statewide shelter-at-home order.
Trump approved funding for Michigan, New York, Louisiana, and Illinois after declaring the states and counties a major disaster. Declarations were also made for New Jersey, Florida, Iowa, California, Washington, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.
Louisiana has surpassed 3,300 infections, according to the health department. Gov. John Bel Edwards told media his state is expected to run out of ventilators by the first week of April.
Cases in the predominately Black city of Detroit are also troubling, Dr. Teena Chopra told WIS News.
“At this time, the trajectory of Detroit is unfortunately even more steep than that of New York,” said Dr. Chopra. “In Detroit, we are seeing a lot of patients that are presenting to us with severe disease, rather than minor disease.”
Americans can expect the deaths and cases to steadily rise as the U.S. gets a handle on the virus. The more testing that happens, the more cases the media will report. We previously reported that Americans should not be alarmed by the number of cases, but instead, consider the number of deaths per day. It is also important to consider that the majority of people who contract the virus, recover.
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