DALLAS -- To say it’s been a rough month for Louise Troh is putting it lightly.
“Friends of hers said when they saw her this week that it looked like she lost 20 pounds,” Wilshire Baptist Church Associate Pastor Mark Wingfield said.
Over the past several weeks, she’s experienced loss, grief, and was quarantined over the fear of Ebola. Her wedding plans, suddenly and sadly, turned into funeral plans. Thomas Eric Duncan’s fiance is in mourning.
On Sunday, Troh and her family made their first public appearance; it seemed fitting it would be at her church.
“We were delighted to welcome Louise Troh and her family members back to church today," Wingfield said. "The Bible study group she’s apart of threw a party for her.”
Troh was warmly welcomed by her extended church family. “She felt very loved and supported and happy to be back with friends,” Brent Newberry said.
“Since there are so many of us, and just one of her, not everyone could get to physically hug her. We all stood up and gave her the ‘quarantine’ hug," Wingfield added.
Her Sunday school class even celebrated her return with a party, and her daughter was baptized. “She seems like the same person, but obviously, a lot going on in her life. But, we had a warm exchange and it was a good moment for us.”
Troh remained far from view outside the comforts of her church; she slipped out and away through a back door. Although her life will never be the same, Troh is trying to find a sense of normalcy in her new reality.