The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, died the morning of Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first man in the US to be diagnosed with Ebola, lost his life on October 8 — such devastating news! The 42-year-old man traveled from West Africa to Dallas to reunite with his family and had been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian since Sept. 28.
Thomas Eric Duncan Died — First US Person To Be Diagnosed With Ebola
“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 am.,” the hospital said in a statement. “Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle.”
Four days before his death, Thomas’ condition was downgraded from serious to critical and he begun receiving brincidofovir, an experimental antiviral drug which recently gained emergency approval from the FDA.
The hospital also added, “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.”
Nancy and the three other members of her crew had been covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia’s capital when one of the cameramen contracted the disease. They will be quarantined for 21 days upon their return to the United States. The cameraman, Ashoka, had only been working with Nancy and her crew since Sept. 30. He began feeling tired and achy the next day, NBC News reports.
The NBC medical correspondent revealed to Matt Lauer on TODAY that Ashoka was doing “good” and the amount of virus in his body is low.
We hope Ashoka makes a full recovery and that Nancy and her crew will be able to return to their families soon. Also, our thoughts and prayers go out to Thomas’ friends and family.
— Shira Benozilio