Washington: The Texas hospital where a Liberian man died of Ebola last month has reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount with his family, officials said Wednesday.
The deal was reached between the family of Thomas Eric Duncan and Texas Health Resources, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and the emergency physicians group involved with his treatment, a lawyer for Duncan`s relatives said in a statement.
"The details of the agreement and an apology letter to the family are and will remain strictly confidential," said the law firm of Miller Weisbrod.
The settlement includes establishing a memorial fund in Duncan`s name to assist victims of Ebola in Africa, Texas Health said in a statement.
"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 said.
Duncan arrived in Texas from his native Liberia in late September and first sought care for symptoms of Ebola on September 24. He was evaluated and sent home, despite telling medics that he had recently traveled from Africa.
He returned to the hospital via ambulance on September 28, and died on October 8. Two US nurses were infected during his care, and both have recovered.
Duncan, 42, is survived by four children aged 12 to 22, as well as his mother and father and his fiancee. Some live in Africa, some in the United States.
West Africa is in the midst of the world`s largest ever outbreak of Ebola, which has infected more than 14,000 and killed more than 5,100 since the beginning of the year.