Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, has died. The 42-year-old passed away this morning (October 8) in a Dallas hospital.
Reports the Dallas News:
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Wednesday announced that Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who was the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, has died.
The hospital issued the following statement by email:
It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am. Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle. Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing. We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time.
Duncan had been in isolation for 10 days. Inexplicably, Duncan didn’t start receiving experimental drug treatments until this past weekend.
Reportedly, Duncan contracted Ebola after helping a pregnant woman in Liberia try to get to a hospital.
He travelled to Dallas to reunite with his family; Louise Troh, the mother of his child, a son named Karsiah Duncan. Troh and her family are quarantined in their apartment.
Rest in peace.