BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Maryland man is dead after his family says he didn’t receive adequate medical treatment in Liberia.
Nathaniel Dennis died early Wednesday morning in Liberia. He had been comatose for a week. Officials were initially concerned that he had Ebola, and quarantined him. Even after he tested negative, his family says that the hospital was not able to medivac him to another medical facility.
His family says that Dennis’ kidneys began to fail and he also needed a ventilator to assist with breathing. They say that the hospital had neither of those pieces of equipment, which led to his untimely death.
Shortly after Dennis became sick, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf closed the borders in an attempt to stop the spread of Ebola.
Dennis was an aspiring musician and was working as a DJ at a local radio station in Liberia.
He graduated from Howard High School in Maryland and studied at Howard Community College.
It is not known what caused Dennis’ illness.
Friends and family are trying to raise money to bring Dennis’ body home. To donate and for more information, click here.