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    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says Louise Troh, Eric Duncan's fiancee, and her son and nephews are trying to return to normal in a gated Oak Cliff community until plans for her move are finalized. (Published Monday, Oct. 20, 2014)

    The first group of people exposed to Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die from Ebola in the United States, will no longer be considered at risk for the Ebola virus at midnight on Sunday.

    After three weeks of isolation or self-monitoring, 43 people — including Duncan's fiancee Louise Troh, her 13-year-old son and two nephews --- will be cleared and allowed to go on with their lives.

    Troh released a statement through Wilshire Baptist Church Pastor Mark Wingfield on Sunday, just hours before she and her family are set to complete their 21-day quarantine.

    "Our happiness is mixed with sadness at the same time. My beloved fiancé, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was also the father of my son, Karsiah Eric Duncan, did not survive with us. We continue to mourn his loss and grieve the circumstances that led to his death, just at the time we thought we were facing a happy future together," Troh said.

    Ebola Victim's Fiancée Releases Statement Prior to Quarantine End

    [DFW] Ebola Victim's Fiancée Releases Statement Prior to Quarantine End
    The first group of people exposed to Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die from Ebola in the United States, will no longer be considered at risk for the Ebola virus at midnight on Sunday. Jocelyn Lockwood reports. (Published Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014)

    Wingfield said they've heard people blame Duncan's family for the Ebola situation in Dallas, but say Duncan would never have knowingly come to the U.S. from Liberia risking the spread of infection or knowing he was infected.

    "They got caught in this situation unbeknownst to them and it's not that they've done anything wrong and it's very hard to understand when you're in their shoes, why anyone out there would try to place blame on them or on Eric, who they firmly believe did not know he was infected," said Wingfield.

    Two nurses who treated Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital before his death on Oct. 8 are now being treated for Ebola.

    "Our hearts also go out to the two brave women who have been infected by this terrible disease as they were trying to help him," Troh said.

    Duncan's Family Hours Away From End of Quarantine Period

    [DFW] Duncan's Family Hours Away From End of Quarantine Period
    Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan's family is just hours away from being released from a 21-day quarantine. NBC5's Jocelyn Lockwood reports. (Published Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014)

    "We are also aware of how much this has affected many other people of my city, Dallas, and my country, the United States of America, even as it has in the country of my birth, Liberia. We also know that many people who work in Presbyterian Hospital are hurting because of this tragedy. We pray that God will bring healing to all in our community soon," she wrote.

    Troh said she and her family are asking for privacy once they're released from the quarantine.

    Here's Troh's full statement:

    Tomorrow, my family and I will complete the 21-day quarantine period we were required to undergo because of the Ebola virus in Dallas. We are so happy this is coming to an end, and we are so grateful that none of us has shown any sign of illness.

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    Our happiness is mixed with sadness at the same time. My beloved fiancé, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was also the father of my son, Karsiah Eric Duncan, did not survive with us. We continue to mourn his loss and grieve the circumstances that led to his death, just at the time we thought we were facing a happy future together. Our hearts also go out to the two brave women who have been infected by this terrible disease as they were trying to help him. We are also aware of how much this has affected many other people of my city, Dallas, and my country, the United States of America, even as it has in the country of my birth, Liberia. We also know that many people who work in Presbyterian Hospital are hurting because of this tragedy. We pray that God will bring healing to all in our community soon.

    We thank all people of kindness who have prayed for us during this time, and we join your prayers now for others who are suffering too. We have lost so much, but we have our lives and we have our faith in God, which always gives us hope.

    Even though the quarantine is over, our time of mourning is not over. Because of that, we ask to be given privacy as we seek to rebuild our home, our family and our daily living. We will not give any interviews at this time. I do have a story to tell, and I look forward to telling it in my own way at the right time.

    At this time, I would like to give my thanks to Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins for all the help and kindness they have shown me in the last three weeks. These two men have cared about me as a person. The many people who work with and for them, and also the state health workers who have cared for us, have been angels from God who have kept our spirits up through all of this. And of course I want to thank all my family, the Liberian community, and my friends at Wilshire Baptist Church. I look forward to seeing you all soon.

    Duncan's Family Making Plans for Grieving

    [DFW] Duncan's Family Making Plans for Grieving
    The monitoring period for Thomas Eric Duncan's family and 48 known contacts ends Sunday. Duncan's family is preparing to come out of isolation and, according to their pastor, they just want time to grieve properly and be in a safe place. (Published Friday, Oct. 17, 2014)

    All glory be to God.