A 24-year-old Maryland man has died after being denied re-entry into the United States despite not having the Ebola virus.
Nathaniel Dennis passed away Wednesday morning in Liberia after a week-long coma. His family is blaming the government for the loss of their loved one.
“Ebola shouldn’t have the power to kill people without the disease,” said Hyattsville resident Norwood Dennis IV, 25, his older brother by just 364 days.
Nathaniel Dennis, of Columbia, Maryland, died in Sinkor, Liberia, after testing negative over three days for Ebola. Since he was found comatose last week, his family had been fighting to fly him to Ghana or to the United States to receive attention from a neurologist at a better-equipped facility. But travel restrictions, in place to stop the spread of Ebola, prevented the trip.
Dennis was employed at a radio station in Monrovia, as he pursued his dream of working in the music industry. He was living with his mother who had moved back to Liberia a few years ago.
Early one morning, she found him unconscious but breathing.
Dennis’ sister, Natasha Dennis said her family did not know the specific cause of his death yet, but suspected he had multiple seizures before falling into a coma. Dennis was a “miracle baby,” having survived a premature birth and undergoing brain surgery as an infant.
After Dennis became ill, his family members say they were in constant contact with the U.S. Embassy in Liberia. No word from the State Department on the matter.
Earlier this week, two white Americans were flown from Liberia to Atlanta for treatment. Both were infected with Ebola.
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