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October 10, 2014 5:10 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com

Medical records released by Thomas Duncan’s family to the Associated Press reveal he was released from the hospital with a fever of 103.

Despite telling a nurse that he had recently been in Africa and displaying other symptoms that could indicate Ebola, the man who would become the only person to die from the disease in the U.S. underwent a battery of tests and was eventually sent home.

Duncan’s family provided his medical records to The Associated Press – more than 1,400 pages in all. They encompass his time in the ER, his urgent return to the hospital two days later and his steep decline as his organs began to fail.

In a statement issued Friday, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said it had made procedural changes and continues to “review and evaluate” the decisions surrounding Duncan’s care.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

42 responses to Report: Duncan Released From Hospital With 103 Degree Fever

  1. fancypants October 10th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    rick perry doesn’t want to be bothered with these small details
    Did he have insurance or not ? Hit the road ..I got it from here

  2. tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    He was treated fairly. He denied being in contact with anyone sick wil Ebola, he lied twice. To the airlines/Liberia then to the hospital.

    • whatthe46 October 10th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      with the knowledge of his having been in Africa and the possibility that he may have been in contact with someone with this virus should have been taken into account as the person(s) he was around may have not had any symptoms at the time. that or maybe he believed he would get better health care here, which could be a reason for his lie if he in fact did lie. also, i’ve never heard of a hospital sending someone home with a fever that high. normally they wait until the fever has been reduced. another thing, were any blood test taken before sending him home, it only takes a couple of hours if that to find out if he has tainted blood.

      • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

        He denied ever being around sick people. Not everyone is near an ebola patient/victim .He was around and helped carry the body of a woman who died of the disease, he lied. He lied to the hospital about being around and touching someone with ebola. In this particulair case I believe his lies and his behavior caused his death and the nurse taking him at his word.

        • whatthe46 October 10th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

          the fact that he was questioned about being around someone infected means there was a concerned. especially since he did in fact became ill. again, the temp should have been under control and blood work done. i went into the hospital for cramps (stupid bad) and blood work was taken from me. and it’s revealing don’t you think…
          “In a statement issued Friday, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said it had made procedural changes and continues to “review and evaluate” the decisions surrounding Duncan’s care.”

          • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

            I understand what you are saying, I really do. I just believe that his lies and his behavior were the main reason he died.

          • whatthe46 October 10th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

            their failure to act appropriately is why he became even sicker. they may have or may not have been able to “heal” him, but the fact that they neglected to follow, in my opinion, proper procedures is what aided him to become worse. so much so to the point where he died. furthermore, they put others at risk for not following procedures.

          • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

            they did, but so did Duncan.

          • whatthe46 October 10th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

            you are still referring to his “lying” but, he did do the right thing by going to the hospital right? they failed to do the right thing. i see you’re adamant on laying all blame on him for his death. i don’t know or understand the reasons for dismissing him, but they failed completely. i also read earlier that the hospital claimed that they weren’t able to find his blood type for a transfusion, that part has me completely baffled. the very test that they obviously had taken to determine he was ill with ebola, was available to them at the time he visited on the first occassion. also, consider how many times have people gone to the hospital and lie about something they may be embarrassed about sharing with the doctors or nurses, its after blood work and confronted with the results they open up. (not suggesting he was or wasn’t embarrassed)

          • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

            he went to the hospital because he was ill, he never even tried to put the chance of ebola infection in the minds of the hospital.When he was readmitted a survivor of the disease offered his blodd for a transfusion, no match. I will NOT blame the medical personel when Duncan went out of his way to hide his contact with Ebola. This is new, this is not normal protocol in our country or our hospitals.

          • whatthe46 October 10th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

            blood test are very much so a NORMAL PROTOCOL in this country to rule out disease or viruses or infection. considering that, “Doctors gave him CT scans to rule out appendicitis, stroke and numerous other serious ailments.” they did that and NEVER took blood samples is outright incompetence. people, again, go out of their way to hide a host of ailments, you can’t deny that. but, to dismiss what seems to be to the common person, a normal course of duty is just ridiculous. furthermore, its the responsibility of the hospital physicians to diagnose a patient not the patient to diagnose himself.

    • tiredoftea October 10th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      “According to the medical records provided to The A.P., Mr. Duncan reported severe pain — rating it an eight on a scale of 10. Doctors gave him CT scans to rule out appendicitis, stroke and numerous other serious ailments. Ultimately, he was prescribed antibiotics and told to take Tylenol, then he returned to the apartment where he was staying with a Dallas woman and three other people.”

      This is looking more like malpractice, if not incompetence, given his admission statement and symptoms.

      • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

        his statement of not being around sick people a lie he repeats often.

        • tiredoftea October 10th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

          Irrelevant, under the circumstances, to taking the additional precaution of a blood test.

          A lie is a deliberate falsehood, he may very well not have understood that he was exposed from the woman he helped. She was misdiagnosed as having the flu when she was denied entrance to the hospital.

          • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

            Not irrelevent, he lied several times. He stopped any alarms from being raised about his condition. I am going with personal responsibility and truth that were absent from Duncan.

          • whatthe46 October 10th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

            do you realize how many people the hospital put in danger by not keeping him and running blood test to do some ruiling out? if someone else were to become infected after he was sent home with tylenol, you can bet your sweet bottom the hospital would be sued out the ass. and i guarentee you they would settle quicker than a cat can lick his ass.

          • tiredoftea October 10th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

            Given how quickly the hospital keeps changing its story, I wouldn’t hold on to blaming him to strongly.

          • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

            Not just blaming, making him responsible for his own secretive and dishonest behavior. I do not want to see a family sue because of a tragedy that he facilitated

          • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

            Good point, mistakes were made on both sides. No blame can be or should be assigned

          • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

            she died of ebola the next day, he knew she had ebola.

          • tiredoftea October 10th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

            Not according to anything I’ve seen.

          • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

            NPR has an excellent article. It also says he knew, she was bleeding from the mouth, nose and eyes but he was such a kind soul he picked her up and carried her into her home after the hospital refused to treat her.”fond memories of Ebola victim”

          • ChrisVosburg October 11th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

            The NPR article you reference, Tracy, does not say that he knew the pregnant woman had Ebola. In fact it says that neither he nor his neighbors (the pregnant woman’s family members) knew. No wonder you didn’t provide a link.

            I’ve read this elsewhere as well, so I’d appreciate it if you’d knock off the repeated lies you’re posting here, which I see have giddily escalated from “a lie” to “lied twice” to “multiple lies” to “several lies,” making you guilty of an additional lie each time you embellish your horseshit..

            I’m appalled at what a horrible person, deep down, you must be. There’s just something especially vile about slandering a dead man.

          • tracey marie October 11th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

            no, the family is still denying the facts.

          • ChrisVosburg October 11th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

            Whether or not you think “the family continues to deny the facts” is irrelevant, and you know it, Tracy. What is relevant is whether you can provide evidence that Duncan knew that the pregnant neighbor he helped to her home along with members of her family had Ebola at the time.

            As I pointed out, the NPR article you failed to link to, hoping nobody’d notice that it didn’t support your contention, does not provide such evidence, instead merely providing the statement of Duncan’s brother in law, reiterating that:

            “The family said that the girl did not die from Ebola; they continued to say it until they went and buried this girl.”

            This is supported, as I said, by the AP, which affirms in its own coverage that it was believed at the time by her family that the pregnant woman’s illness and subsequent death was related to her then seven-moth pregnancy, not Ebola.

            Again, either provide evidence to support your baseless claims, or STFU, stop lying, and for good measure apologize to the family of Eric Duncan for your heartless slander of their dead family member.

  3. edmeyer_able October 10th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I don’t know one way or the other but I believe that if he had insurance he would have been admitted on his first visit.

    • neworleans878 October 10th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      BINGO! Exactly what I thought. Great minds and all that.

  4. Obewon October 10th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Perry’s Texas mess created the U.S. Ebola panic. Guess who’s holding up $1B to combat Ebola? Because the plan “focuses on Africa.”-Sen. (R-LA) Vitter facepalm. http://www.thenation.com/blog/181928/guess-whos-holding-ebola-aid

  5. fancypants October 10th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    NBC camera man said to be 500 k in debt for medical expenses. currently in stable condition after blood transfusion.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/ebola-patient-needs-dollar500000-to-cover-medical-bills/ar-BB8qYa4

    • edmeyer_able October 10th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      A transfusion that Duncan was not given.

      • fancypants October 10th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        a thankless job with unwritten liabilities ?

      • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

        blood types were NOT a match

        • whatthe46 October 10th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

          how odd was his blood type? no one in this country has his blood type?

          • edmeyer_able October 10th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

            The transfusion in question is one from an ebola survivor, I had read he wasn’t given one but not that he wasn’t a match.

          • fancypants October 10th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

            my guess is the hospital screwed up and sent him home and by the time they figured out he had ebola He was already critical

          • whatthe46 October 10th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

            “In comments to ABC News, Weeks says his uncle did not receive the same level of care as Ashoka Mukpo, the NBC freelance cameraman who returned to the U.S. for treatment after being stricken with Ebola. He questions why his uncle wasn’t moved to a hospital where two other Ebola patients were successfully treated.
            Weeks says the hospital gave them assurances they were doing everything they could do help Duncan, though they apparently weren’t able to get donated blood of the same type.”

          • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

            No survivors with the same blood type

          • tracey marie October 10th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

            You have to have survived Ebola, the antibodies and natural immunity is what helps.

          • Kingminnie October 10th, 2014 at 11:53 pm

            There’s only 2 people in this country that received treatment for Ebola and those people’s blood is what was needed. It’s not even proven that it will work, but Duncan was not a match for their blood type in any event.

  6. StoneyCurtisll October 10th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Maybe the “socialized medicine” and “death panels” that Obama “shoved down our throats” decided that Mr. Duncan was not cost effective enough to save…
    (sarcasm)..
    But dont think some wingnut is not going to blame “Obama-care” for the entire sequence of events.

    • Obewon October 10th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      FNC’s Bill’O Factor hosted by Gutfileld featured failed (R-TX) easily debunked by reading the Dallas News:) ‘Tea bag activist Katrina Pierson. “We really don’t know what we’re dealing with here,” Pierson complained.’ Teabillies don’t read real science proving there’s just one strain from studied “patient Zero” currently not “5 strains.” Retroviruses curing most Ebola infections don’t seem to steep through. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20141009-patient-zero-believed-to-be-sole-source-of-ebola-outbreak.ece

  7. Snick1946 October 11th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Unless proven otherwise nothing will convince me that this man got proper attention, nor that it wasn’t due to his lack of insurance. He has a temp of 103- you think if this had been a white man with Blue Cross they would have sent him home? America’s crappy health care system has out us all at risk- and perhaps the world.