DALLAS, Texas -- The family of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan had some big news Wednesday.
“We’re here today to announce a settlement with Presbyterian hospital that will take care of all the children and the parents,” said the family’s attorney Les Weisbrod.
Details of the settlement are under wraps. We do know with the undisclosed amount, 20% will go to each of his four children and 10% for his parents.
The compensation is for the way Duncan was treated when he first showed up at Presby. He was sent home with a temperature of 103.
“I can never replace Thomas Eric Duncan, but what I can do is make sure that everything happens from here makes it better for everybody else,” Duncan's nephew Josephus Weeks said.
The Duncan family says the hospital sent a private letter of apology and agreed to set up an assistance fund for victims of Ebola in Africa.
“In good faith they've guaranteed they are going to hold up their end of the bargain, to make sure this process and this project is successful.” Weeks said.
The lawyer representing the family says the terms they worked out with Presby is better than if they sued for malpractice. While that's good news for Duncan's family and for Presby, one person left out of the loop is Louise Troh -- Duncan's fiancé.
“Mr. Duncan's fiancé unfortunately is not included in this because the law doesn't give any rights in these kinds of cases to fiancés,” Weisbrod said.