DALLAS — The dark days of quarantine are over, yet Louise Troh remains captive to the disease that killed the man she loved. “War took the life I made in Liberia. Disease took the life I made in America,” she writes in a memoir being released next week.
The fiancee of the first Ebola victim in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, hopes My Spirit Took You In provides some resolution to a story that spanned two decades, from a border town in Ivory Coast to a Dallas hospital. The book, written with former journalist Christine Wicker, traces Troh’s life as a refugee from Liberia’s civil war to an exile in America, through the lens of that love.
With Duncan gone, and the frenzy to contain the disease quieted, Troh finds some comfort in the idea that his illness raised awareness in the United States about Ebola, which was ravaging West Africa at the time and killed more than 10,000 people in the latest outbreak. “Suppose Eric had not come here to become the face of Ebola, then the whole of Liberia would be in darkness,” she told The Associated Press in her first interview since his death.