The fianceé of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has told how she has been left homeless and shunned since being freed from quarantine a week ago, declaring: ‘This virus has ruined my life.’
Louise Troh, 54, has been cleared of the deadly virus since October 20. But yesterday it emerged that the mother and her family have been left homeless and with nowhere to go after her apartment was taken away from her when it was decontaminated.
They are now living at a church conference center after losing her home and all her possessions.
‘This destroyed my whole life,’ she told The Associated Press on Thursday. ‘I am hurt, I am displaced, I have this Ebola stigma on me and no one will take me in.’
Members of Troh’s church are trying to drum up enough money to buy a condo to rent to her in her old neighborhood. But she says she hasn’t been able to find a landlord willing to rent to her four-person household or one that her $9 per hour job in a nursing home can support.
She was quarantined in her former home during Duncan’s final days then spent the remainder of a 21-day quarantine period in a cottage at a Catholic church retreat in south Dallas. She said she didn’t know where she was when she first arrived. Troh, 54, is now crammed with nine other people into her daughter’s modest apartment.
Except for a few plastic bins of photographs and personal items, Troh’s old apartment was stripped to the carpeting and burned.
She said a previous landlord, The Biltmore Apartments, cited an outstanding debt of $1,900 for denying her application — a charge Troh said was frivolous. Lisa Hawkins, the building complex’s community manager, declined to comment.
The Ivy Apartments, where Duncan stayed with Troh for 10 days before his first trip to the emergency room, also denied her rental application, Troh said. A message left with The Ivy’s manager was not returned.
‘They are treating me like a foreigner,’ said Troh, who is an American citizen. ‘America thinks we do not deserve better.’
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