#Cousins, please join us in sending our immediate prayers to the family of a Western Michigan University senior, who recently loss his life after being denied a COVID-19 test on numerous occasions!
Detroit native and chemical engineering major Bassey Offiong, 25 experienced a fever, shortness of breath and fatigue right before his untimely death, reports The Grio. His sister Asari states her brother was denied multiple times by a Kalamazoo area hospital for the #COVID19 test.
“I told him to ask them to test him,”she tells local news. “He said they refused to test him.”
Asari states that last time she saw her brother alive was about a week ago, and that’s when he stated a doctor had diagnosed him with having bronchitis. As Bassey’s symptoms worsened he was then transferred to Beaumont Hospital located in Royal Oak. He was placed in intensive care and hooked up to a ventilator.
Sources have confirmed that Bassey was set to graduate this spring. After college he had admirations of starting an organic makeup line in partnership with LOREAL. “He’s just someone who thinks so big,” states Asari as she speaks of him proudly to the living Detroit News.
Since then Western Michigan University officials have come forward to express their sadness over Bassey’s death.“On behalf of the entire Bronco community, I want to extend my deepest condolences to his entire family, including his sister, Asari, who has been generous in communicating with us regularly. They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” states President Edward Montgomery.
There has been no details forwarded off which hospital denied Bassey the COVID-19 test at this time.
“I know God has him in his presence. He loved God,” says Asari.