Dallas Ebola Patient's Family Too Upset to Watch Video Link

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The family of a man diagnosed with the first U.S. case of Ebola visited him at the hospital Tuesday but declined to view him again via video link because the last time had been too upsetting. Relatives of Thomas Eric Duncan are visiting from North Carolina and they glimpsed him using a camera system at Dallas' Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Monday. But when they returned a day later, this time with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, they decided such images were too much.

"What we saw was very painful. It didn't look good," Duncan's nephew Josephus Weeks. Weeks said he and Duncan's mother were unable to sleep after seeing Duncan's face. The hospital says Duncan, 42, is in critical condition and is sedated but stable. Duncan grew up in Liberia but came to Dallas in late September to attend the high school graduation of his son, Karsiah. "I'm just praying my dad will make it out safely," Karsiah Duncan said at a news conference Tuesday night.

Karsiah Duncan, left, son of ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, exits a news conference while an unidentified friend looks on.TIM SHARP / AP


- The Associated Press