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Ebola victim’s fiancee moves into new Dallas home

November 21, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — The fiancee of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola, is settling into a Dallas condominium a month after emerging from quarantine with most of her possessions destroyed and many places reluctant to rent to her.

Louise Troh said Friday she is “relieved” to be able to leave her daughter’s cramped, two-bedroom apartment for her own home.

“Thanks be to God I found a place to lay my head,” she told The Associated Press.

The condo was purchased by three families who attend church with Troh, according to the church’s pastor, George Mason. Troh will pay them rent.

The three-bedroom unit is located in a densely populated immigrant neighborhood near downtown Dallas where Troh and three others lived before being evacuated after Duncan became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

Troh and the others completed a 21-day quarantine period in a cottage at a Catholic church retreat center in Dallas.

Except for a few bins of photographs and personal items, everything in Troh’s former apartment was taken away and burned because of possible contamination. Duncan stayed with Troh for 10 days before his first trip to the emergency room.

Troh’s new home has been furnished by the nonprofit Dwell with Dignity, Mason said.

Rather than return to her $9 per hour job at a nursing home, Troh said she is focused on her memoir, to be published in April, and moving on from an ordeal she told AP “destroyed” her life.

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