A 25-year-old graduating Nigerian student identified as Bassey Offiong has died after contracting coronavirus, The Detroit News reports.
Bassey who was expected to graduate with a chemical engineering degree in a few weeks reportedly died of coronavirus on Saturday March 28, after allegedly being turned down several times for the coronavirus test in the Kalamazoo area while living off-campus, despite having fever, fatigue and shortness of breath.
Sister of deceased, Asari Offiong said in an interview with the news outlet; “I told him to ask them to test him. He said they refused to test him. One medical staffer told him he had bronchitis,” she said. She said he had no known prior health issues. Offiong said she wasn’t ready to disclose the locations where he was denied a test.
He was hospitalized at Beaumont in Royal Oak and spent the last week on a ventilator in their intensive care unit. She called her “baby brother” sweet and humble and a “gentle giant.” She last saw him a week ago.
According to his sister, Bassey Offiong’s dream was to start his own organic makeup line with Loreal that would enhance women’s beauty, his sister said. He was a graduate of Renaissance High School in Detroit. “He’s just someone who thinks so big,” she said.
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