A man, 74, has died after being refused a test to see if he was infected with coronavirus as he didn’t appear ‘sick enough’ to need it.
Dennis Wilson from Lenexa, Kansas, died following a week of “immeasurable suffering” after doctors failed to discover he had contracted coronavirus.
On March 12, the former teacher went to the hospital seeking urgent medical treatment but was told he couldn’t be tested as he did not display enough of the required symptoms.
However, he was rushed to hospital days later and succumbed to the disease on Saturday morning.
His wife revealed the tragic news in an emotional Facebook post in which she said she had not been able to see him in his final moments as she had been forced to go into quarantine.
She wrote on social media: “The fight is over.
“I am absolutely heartbroken! It has been an indescribably horrible week of immeasurable suffering on the part of the love of my life and then certainly on the part of our three children and our 6 grandchildren who could only watch helplessly from a distance.”
According to Mr Wilson’s wife, he had been sent to the hospital for urgent clinical care on March 12 as he had started to display flu-like symptoms.
Medics said that he did not display enough symptoms for him to require testing for the potentially deadly coronavirus. Instead, they advised him to drink plenty of fluids and rest, despite the fact he had complained he had been feeling unwell for about week.
However, the following evening he was brought to local urgent care clinic where he tested negative for both influenza A and B.
He had been complaining of shortness of breath and was then taken for an X-ray scan which revealed he was suffering from pneumonia in both his lungs. Still, he was deemed not suitable for COVID-19.
Since hearing the devastating news, locals have paid tribute to Dennis who worked as a biology teacher and a school superintendent for over two decades before his death.
As well as dedicating his life to teaching, Mr Wilson was an avid magician who regularly performed at charity and fundraising events.
The US has been hit hard by the worldwide pandemic, as cases in the country are continuing to dramatically rise.
So far, there have been 40,000 cases of coronavirus nationwide and more than 500 deaths.
Regardless, thousands of Americans are complaining of not being able to get tested for the disease.