According to health officials, Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died Wednesday morning at 7:51 am.
Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where Duncan was being treated, released the following statement:
“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.“
Duncan left his home country of Liberia on September 19, 2014 and arrived in the United States on September 20th with no virus symptoms.
He initially went to the hospital after 10 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, but presented no flu or other contagious virus symptoms and was given antibiotics and released.
Duncan’s condition deteriorated and by Sunday, September 28 was so bad that he was transported back to the hospital by ambulance.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control confirmed that Duncan was infected with the Ebola virus on October 1st..
Duncan had been in isolation at Presbyterian Hospital for more than 10 days. Medical officials stated that he was on a ventilator, receiving kidney dialysis, and had been receiving an experimental Ebola treatment “brincidofovir” since Saturday October 4th.
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Duncan’s son Kasiah came to visit his father at the hospital on Tuesday in hopes of seeing him, but that did not happen.“I came down here because I feel like God was calling me to come see my dad,” he said.
The college freshman also had some advice for his mother, who remains in isolation and under observation for at least 12 more days. “Be strong. It is hard being in the house for 21 days,” he said, “not knowing what was going to happen after she gets out and stuff. I hope you all keep praying my family’s okay.” Original article http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/10/08/dallas-ebola-patient-dies-from-disease/