Patrick Sawyer’s Wife fights to claim his Social Security

Patrick Sawyer’s wife is trying to secure social security but is having trouble do to the fact that Nigeria isn’t releasing a death certificate.

Sawyer’s wife and two small children live in the United States in Minnesota.

Patrick Sawyer is known as patent zero in Nigeria, and he not only knowingly brought the virus to the country, but he also infected 19 HCW in which 9 died.

Sawyer treated and cared for his sister in Liberia before she died of the Ebola Virus. His story is one of madness and death that didn’t have to happen.

Sawyer came to the U.S. about 15 years ago from his native Liberia, said his wife, Decontee Sawyer. He got a master’s degree at St. Mary’s University, worked as a group home manager, got married and had three kids.

Sawyer went back to Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, in 2008 and had been travelling between Minnesota and his homeland for years.

“He felt so passionately about Liberia, and really wanted to be part of rebuilding the country,” said Decontee Sawyer, who came to the U.S. from Liberia as a child. “We had had a 14-year civil war and everything was destroyed.”

Patrick’s wife, Decontee Sawyer believes Nigerian officials blame her husband for the outbreak in their country and the deaths that followed. At a conference in August, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan called Sawyer a “crazy man” for traveling to Nigeria and bringing Ebola with him.

“They are angry at Patrick. And so that anger is still there, even though he’s dead now,” she said.

Although it is all speculation at this point, it does seem that if Nigeria is blaming Sawyer for the outbreak, they are just in doing so.

A Social Security spokeswoman in Chicago says the agency can’t discuss details of specific cases. But officials here in Minnesota are hopeful that they can move the process forward, even from thousands of miles away.

Details are pending…

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.