Thomas Eric Duncan, the first man to have Ebola in the United States, became the first U.S citizen to die from it today as well. The hospital stated, “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 a.m.” Thomas Duncan was a native of Liberia, who only came to Dallas, Texas to visit family.
Louise Troh, seen as Duncan’s wife, also released a statement to thank the community and health officials for doing all they could. “My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God,” wrote Troh. “I am now dealing with the sorrow and anger that his son was not able to see him before he died. This will take some time, but in the end, I believe in a merciful God,” she stated.
Troh is currently under quarantine along with three other people,because they were exposed to Duncan while he had Ebola.
Duncan originally was admitted to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, September 28th, two days after he traveled to the emergency room.Since then he has remained in the isolation room, until his passing.
That Saturday, Duncan battled for his life as his situation turned to critical. A few days later he was receiving dialysis for his kidneys as well as using a respirator. Soon after, he was given the experimental drug, brincidofovir.
The hospital said,”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.”