Reported by Kacie Whaley
On Wednesday, a settlement was reached between the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the only man to die from Ebola in the U.S. His fiancee, Louise Troh, received nothing, reported ABC News.
Attorneys did not disclose the amount of the settlement, but Duncan’s family, consisting of his four children and two parents, were eligible to receive up to $250,000 under Texas law. The grieving family was also given a letter of apology from the hospital, CNN reported.
“As part of the healing process, we have again extended our sincere apologies to the family and shared our regret that the diagnosis of Ebola Virus Disease was not made at the time of Mr. Duncan’s initial Emergency Department visit,” the hospital’s statement read.
To help prevent further Ebola tragedies, the settlement established the Texas Health Dallas Thomas Eric Duncan Memorial Fund. Donations to the fund will be used toward fighting Ebola in Africa. Duncan’s nephew, Josephus Weeks, will be in charge of the collection.