Confirmed: Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Dies at Dallas Hospital

DuncanOver the weekend there were unconfirmed reports that Liberian national Thomas Duncan died Sunday according to an Israeli news source. That report was never adequately verified.

Today numerous sources are reporting that Thomas Eric Duncan officially died Wednesday morning in Dallas. Duncan was America’s first confirmed Ebola victim to be diagnosed on U.S. soil.

Fox News is reporting:

Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, died Wednesday, confirmed Texas Health Presbyterian.

According to a hospital statement, Duncan died at 7:51 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

“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,” the statement read.

Duncan was the first person diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil, and had been given the experimental medication brincidofovir. A hospital in Nebraska said it is using the same drug to treat an American journalist who was airlifted from Liberia and arrived Monday.

Dallas News provides this email statement from Texas Health Presbyterian:

The hospital issued the following statement by email:

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. 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.

The death should come as no surprise as it was widely reported over the weekend that Duncan was struggling for his life. He was dependent on a respirator and receiving dialysis treatments.

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