DALLAS — The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died early Wednesday, officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital announced.
Thomas "Eric" Duncan, 42, passed away at 7:51 a.m., the hospital said.
“This hurts deeply,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said during a city council meeting. “We were hoping this was not going to happen.”
Duncan, a Liberian citizen who recently traveled from West Africa to Dallas, had been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian for 10 days.
He had come to Texas to reunite with an estranged son and the teen's mother, Louise Troh, who had been his girlfriend when she lived in Liberia. Troh is being kept in quarantine because she had contact with Duncan, but released a statement following his death.
“His suffering is over," Troh said. “My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God. Our deepest sympathies go out to his father and family in Liberia and here in America. Eric was a wonderful man who showedRead More »from Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan dies at Dallas hospital