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Hospital Will Pay Duncan’s Medical Bills, Set Up Charity

This 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. In September 2014, Duncan became the first patient in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee)
This 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. In September 2014, Duncan became the first patient in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee)

 

DALLAS (USA Today) — Attorneys representing the family of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan said Wednesday the hospital that treated him will pay his relatives an undisclosed sum and create a charitable foundation in his name.

The agreement heads off a potential lawsuit from Duncan’s relatives against Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he died Oct. 8.

During a news conference Wednesday, attorney Les Weisbrod said Texas Health Resources has set up a charitable trust in honor of Duncan to help Ebola victims in West Africa.

Besides a settlement that will help take care of Duncan’s four kids, the hospital system has also agreed to pay for the medical care he received. During the conference, the family said they would like to a pursue book or movie deal to tell Duncan’s story.

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