The Apology

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Remember Thomas Eric Duncan?  He was patient zero who first brought the Ebola virus to the US.  He is the Typhoid Mary who lied about his contact with an Ebola victim in Liberia.  He is dead and now two nurses are infected because of him. Of course you all know this by now and it is an extremely sad story.   I had written before that the nephew of Duncan made some claims of racism in his care.  That should have tipped us all off that a lawsuit was coming.  Well, I guess the hospital feels it too and has made an apology to the family of the man who started this debacle.  This article describes how “the hospital was ‘deeply sorry’ for the way Duncan’s case was handled.”

I do not know the actual specifics of this case.   I have used this medium to describe the problems of technology and how it decreases communication amongst staff.   I said that from what I heard, letting someone leave with a fever, from Liberia, and treating their “virus” with antibiotics doesn’t sound like great treatment.  But this is all hearsay.  That being said, does it sit well that the guy (on his behalf) who started this whole mess is the one who gets the apology and is the one suing as if he was the victim?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “The Apology

  1. Sir Lance-a-Lot
    October 22, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I wouldn’t be too hard on the guy, Doug.

    Apparently, he had been planning the trip to the US for quite some time (took a while to get the visa,etc.), so this was not a spur of the moment run for his life, he was not certain that the girl he had helped had Ebola (yeah, it’s not just a river in Egypt, but still, lots of people get sick and die with dysentery over there), and he did tell the ER staff more than once that he’d just come from Liberia.

    Sure, in the best of all possible worlds he should have isolated himself (and died on the dirt floor of a tin shack), but, let’s be honest, most of us would have done the same thing in his situation.
    The American doctors sure high-tailed it back here as soon as they got sick.

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