Thursday, 14 August 2014

Ebola:The real reason my husband travelled to Nigeria-Patrick Sawyer’s Wife

Patrick Sawyer’s widow,Decontee Sawyer,a radio host in Newyork,has reacted to reports by Liberian and Nigerians that he intentionally travelled knowing he was infected with Ebola .The Liberian president called his act reckless. However,she says he must have travelled because he wanted to get medical help here in Nigeria…According to TMZ Liberia, She wrote this on her Facebook wall

Good day my Facebook friends and FAM. I hope all is well with you. Thank you for all of your kind words and support for me and my family. You strengthen me more than you realize.According to an article written on Ava’s birthday (August 10) by Sabrina Tavernise of the New York Times, “…in another Liberian newspaper, The New Dawn, which cited footage from a security camera in the airport in Monrovia, Mr. Sawyer behaved strangely as he waited for his flight out of Liberia. He sat alone, avoiding physical contact with people, including an immigration agent who tried to shake his hand, and even lay flat on his stomach on the floor of a corridor of the airport, the paper reported.”Continue…
I've read other reports in other papers (not the New York Times) about Patricks recklessness. I get where theyre coming from, and they certainly have the right to feel the way they do. However, as Patricks widow, I would like to shed some light on this from another perspective. One that only I, his wife, would know,I knew Patrick better than anybody else (including himself). He had told me many times in the past how much he didnt trust the Liberian healthcare system. He would tell me about how a person would get checked in for one thing, and get misdiagnosed and get the wrong treatment as a result. On top of that, Patrick was a clean freak, and told me how filthy a lot of the hospitals were.
He didnt tell me this, but I know in my heart of hearts that Patrick was determined to get to Nigeria by all means because he felt that Nigeria would be a place of refuge. He has expressed to me many times in the past that he felt passionately about helping to be a part of strengthening Liberias healthcare system, but he knew it wasnt there yet, and he wouldnt want to take a chance with his life because a lot of people depended on him Patrick had a passion for life, and he wouldnt have wanted his to end. So, I bet anything that he was thinking, if I could only get to Nigeria, a way more developed country than Liberia, I would be able to get some help. How ironic.
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