- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Dallas hospital that treated the first patient with a case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. admits that it made some mistakes and has, for the first time, apologized for those missteps, according to Business Insider

Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, is scheduled to deliver remarks Thursday to a congressional oversight committee on the treatment of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan. 

“It’s hard for me to put into words how we felt when our patient Thomas Eric Duncan lost his struggle with Ebola on October 8. It was devastating to the nurses, doctors, and team who tried so hard to save his life,” Dr. Varga says in prepared testimony.

Duncan reported to the Dallas hospital with a fever Sept. 26 and was sent home with antibiotics, even though he told health care workers that he had recently been in Liberia. He was picked up by an ambulance and admitted to the same hospital a few days later when his symptoms became severe. He tested positive for Ebola and died Oct. 8.

“Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes. We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry,” the testimony says.

Since Duncan’s death, two health care workers who treated him have tested positive for Ebola and are undergoing treatment for the disease.

 

 

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