Sadly, the Liberian man who became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the USA (though he caught the virus in Liberia) has passed away.
Thomas Eric Duncan was 42 years old.
A spokesman from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital released a statement saying, “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. 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.”
The commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services also made a statement on Wednesday, “This past week has been an enormous test of our health system, but for one family it has been far more personal. Today they lost a dear member of their family. They have our sincere condolences, and we are keeping them in our thoughts. The doctors, nurses and staff at Presbyterian provided excellent and compassionate care, but Ebola is a disease that attacks the body in many ways. We’ll continue every effort to contain the spread of the virus and protect people from this threat.”
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Mr. Duncan.
We hope that this scourge will soon be snuffed out. Ebola continues to ravage West Africa and threaten the entire planet.
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