Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, apologized for initially misdiagnosing Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the U.S.
In a testimony prepared for a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Varga admits mistakes were made during Duncan’s care when he first arrived at the hospital’s emergency room, NBC DFW reports.
“Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes,” Dr. Varga’s testimony says. “We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry.”
Varga also admits in his prepared testimony that the hospital didn’t provide accurate information after it was discovered they were caring for the nation’s first Ebola patient.
“Also, in our effort to communicate to the public quickly and transparently, we inadvertently provided some information that was inaccurate and had to be corrected. No doubt that was unsettling to a community that was already concerned and confused, and we have learned from that experience as well,” Varga’s testimony says.
Sounds like the hospital will be on the hook for misdiagnosing Thomas Eric Duncan and failing to adequately train and prepare the medical team that cared for him. One person is dead and two others have contracted the disease. Seems to me like an apology is virtually meaningless.