A Battle Lost…
We received news this morning that Liberian National, Thomas Duncan has passed from the complications of Ebola in the Dallas hospital where he was receiving treatment. Duncan, the first person ever diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died at 7:51 a.m., according to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. “He fought courageously in this battle,” the hospital said in a statement. “Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing. We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time.”
It is so heartbreaking to see a person lose their life to disease. It is our sincere hope that in his death, Thomas Duncan will bring the attention necessary to the world to help contain and fight the battle to eliminate the spread of these and other types of disease. We must not let these things cause fear, but use the consequences of disease to become resolute in building the systems and facilities that can ensure that they don’t cause any more damage than possible. There have been great strides in medical care over the last 100 years and major disease that caused a lot more death and injury to people like polio, smallpox, etc. can be eliminated with the proper attention. We have the people and technology to address current issues and also develop new lines of defense against disease that presents itself like Ebola. The only thing stopping us is the attention, focus, and financial support to continue the work.
Unfortunately, death is a common issue that we must face when doing medical work in the developing world. The challenge before us is to eliminate the environments that lead to pre-mature death and allow families to live healthy lives. Jesus told us to seek out the meek, the lame, the mute and give them a voice. That is our calling and we are honored to serve. We can’t do this work without the support of people that have the ability to help financially, as volunteers, or both. The MMI Team never let’s the sun set on our work. We are active throughout the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is God’s work, that is supported by you. Let’s honor the lives of those lost all too soon, but working to eliminate what caused their early exit from this life! Make a difference in your world!