This is a bad night. Via FrontPageAfrica: Ebola Claims Life of JFK Chief Medical Doctor, Samuel Brisbane. This doctor appears to have been under care in ELWA Hospital, where Dr. Brantly was working and where he too is now under care. Excerpt:
Dr. Samuel Brisbane, the Chief Medical Doctor at Liberia’s leading hospital, the John F. Kennedy Medical Center has become the latest casualty of the deadly Ebola virus.
Dr. Brisbane, also a former Chief Medical Doctor at the Firestone Rubber Plantation Hospital had been quarantined along with a Physician Assistant and Doctor Nelson Korkor, the lead doctor at Phebe who was brought down to Monrovia three days ago after contracting the virus.
Hospital sources say, Dr. Brisbane selected to treat himself at home initially in a bid not to spread the virus to others but was brought to the ELWA hospital where the Samaritan Group has been treating serious cases, when the illness worsened, until his death, Saturday.
A hospital official told FrontPageAfrica Friday that Dr. Brisbane and the other ailing health workers were holding onto life, but that Dr. Brisbane vomited occasionally. The PA, however, is still said to be deteriorating, a senior hospital administrator told FrontPageAfrica on condition of anonymity.
Dr. Brisbane's death comes just a day after the JFK's ER Wing was shut down and patients already in care moved to another floor in the hospital. Health care workers are bearing the brunt of the deadly outbreak.
During programs marking the 167 Independence of Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf paid homage to the late Dr. Sam Mutooro Muhumuza, a Ugandan national, and all the health workers around the country who have made the ultimate sacrifice in saving lives.
“To their families, loved ones, associates, we extend our heartfelt sympathy,” she said, adding that the government will shortly reach out to the families of the departed health workers to bring them comfort in their times of trials and tribulations.