Patrick Sawyer‘s mother, Georgia Nah said she is heartbroken, after losing two of her children to the Ebola virus in the space of less than three weeks.
The 40-year-old Liberian became the first American citizen to be killed by the virus when he died in Lagos, Nigeria on July 25.
Just a few weeks earlier he had been at the bedside of his sister, Princess Nyuennyue, 27, who was hospitalised in Liberia, where she lived with her fiancée and son. Ms Nyuennyue died on July 7, a day after her brother visited her.
According to Mail Online,
hospital officials did not test her for Ebola until after her death –
meaning Mr Sawyer had no way of knowing he had been exposed to the
Speaking from her Philadelphia, USA home, Mrs Nah said she was struggling to come to terms with her children’s death. She told NBC 10:
“I can’t stand it. I can’t sleep.
Every day I think about them. I didn’t even know she was sick. My children were good children.”
Ms Nyennetue has been buried in Liberia. Mr Sawyer’s family are still trying to have his ashes flown to the states. Mrs Nah added:
‘At least send me something. To know that here are the death certificates, the results of the Ebola. I don’t have anything.’
Mr Sawyer, who
worked for the Liberian Finance Ministry, was planning to return home to
Coon Rapids, Minnesota, for two of his daughters’ birthdays in August,
fell ill on a flight from Liberia in West Africa.
Georgia Nah’s two children: Princess Nyuennyue (left) and Patrick Sawyer (right)