According to this link, the family of Thomas Eric Duncan has reached a settlement with Texas Health Systems in regards to the death of the Liberian national. Duncan is the first and only patient with Ebola to have died in the United States. The hospital immediately came under scrutiny after details of the man’s death were revealed. Duncan traveled to the United States to Texas in September to visit family.
He began experiencing Ebola like symptoms so he went to the emergency room, where a temperature of 103 degrees was recorded. Instead of admitting the Liberian man, he was given antibiotics and sent home. He returned to the emergency room five days later and was diagnosed with Ebola. After a week in the hospital, he passed away from the virus. The settlement is confidential but it is known that the hospital will set up a memorial fund in Duncan’s name that will help Ebola victims in West Africa.
This settlement was not due to race or lack of insurance, but because the hospital did not follow proper policies and procedures. The family received what was well deserved and hopefully the memorial fund will raise enough money to stop those in West Africa from the deadly virus. Haftel and others were glad to see this settlement come together.