Settlement reached in Texas Ebola death case
(CNN) — The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who died of Ebola at a Texas hospital, has reached a confidential settlement with Texas Health Resources, according to the Duncan family attorney Les Weisbrod.
In September, Duncan traveled to Texas from Liberia and began experiencing Ebola symptoms which prompted him to go to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He was misdiagnosed and sent home, both the Duncan family and Texas health authorities have said. Duncan was hospitalized days later, tested for Ebola and then began receiving care.
Part of the settlement, Weisbrod said, entailed creating a charitable foundation intended to raise money that will go to help victims of Ebola in West Africa where the virus has hit communities the hardest. That foundation, which Weisbrod said would be described in detail later, will be run by a Duncan family member and Texas Health Resources.
The attorney also said that the Duncan family received a private letter of apology from Texas Health Resources.
Josephus Weeks, Duncan’s nephew, will be helping to oversee the foundation, he and Weisbrod told reporters at a press conference at the attorney’s Dallas office.
Weeks praised Texas Health officials for trying to make “this situation a better situation.”
“We lost one but we can save a thousand,” Weeks said, referring to people he hoped the foundation would be able to assist.
There have been 13,268 reported Ebola cases in eight affected countries since the Ebola outbreak began, with 4,960 reported deaths, according to the World Health Organization.
The vast majority of these cases have been in three West African countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Duncan is the only known patient out of nine who has been treated in the United States to die of the virus in the U.S.