Posts by Jason Sickles, Yahoo

  • Ebola quarantine ends for Thomas Eric Duncan’s fiancee, but not her heartache

    Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News2 days ago

    DALLAS — A month ago today Louise Troh was picking up her long-lost love, Thomas Eric Duncan, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport — after 16 years and an ocean’s distance between them.

    Tragically, their fairy-tale reunion ended within days and they were separated again — this time a mere 15 miles apart.

    Duncan died on Oct. 8 in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas from the highly contagious Ebola virus, which his family says he unknowingly brought with him from West Africa.

    Troh never got to say goodbye in person. She and members of her family were kept in quarantine for a 21-day incubation period out of fear that Duncan might have passed on the dreaded disease during their week together.

    On Monday, health officials gave Troh  the all-clear to resume her life.

    “Even though the quarantine is over, our time of mourning is not over,” Troh said in a statement provided by city officials. “My beloved fiance, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was also the father of my son, Karsiah Eric Duncan, did not survive with us. We continue to mourn his loss and grieve the circumstances that led to his death, just at the time we thought we were facing a happy future together.”

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  • Dallas hospital exec on Ebola crisis: 'We are deeply sorry'

    Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News7 days ago

    DALLAS — A top official at the Texas hospital where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died and two nurses contracted the deadly virus is apologizing to Congress for his facility’s “mistakes” in handling the highly contagious disease.

    A transcript of testimony by Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of the hospital’s parent chain Texas Health Resources, is expected to be presented at noon Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

    “Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes,” Varga’s testimony reads. “We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry.”

    Because he cannot attend the hearing, Varga’s remarks were posted on a federal government website on Wednesday.

    Texas Health is a faith-based, nonprofit organization consisting of 25 acute-care and short-stay hospitals. Varga, who was paid $500,000 in 2012, according to the group’s tax returns, is responsible for patient safety among other things.

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