DALLAS, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola there, have come to a settlement over his treatment.
Attorneys for Duncan's family announced Wednesday that the hospital had agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to provide for Duncan's four children and his parents, and will start a foundation to help fight Ebola in West Africa.
It will also pay for the care Duncan received.
"This deal we reached is an outstanding deal and we have a foundation that needs our support," Josephus Weeks, Duncan's nephew, said.
The lawsuit will halt a potential lawsuit from the family against the hospital, where Duncan died Oct. 8. He landed in Dallas from Liberia on Sept. 20, and sought care for abdominal pain at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital emergency room on Sept. 25.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Duncan told emergency room staff he had traveled from Liberia, but the attending physician was not made aware. He was sent home after five hours, even though he had recorded a temperature of 103 degrees while there.
Five days later, on Sept. 30, Duncan returned to the hospital in an ambulance and was diagnosed with Ebola. He remains the only person to die of the disease in the U.S.