Credit: Daily Observer
Via the Daily Observer, some good news: Dr. Ireland Triumphantly Crosses Ebola Line.
Dr. Philip Z. Ireland on Friday, August 15, triumphantly walked from behind the fences of the Ebola isolation unit within the hospital compound of the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA). As he turned the corner, he raised both hands to the delight of his family members and colleagues from the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, who had gathered at ELWA-2 isolation unit to welcome him back after crossing the deadly Ebola virus line.
Dr. Ireland was one of two Liberian Medical Doctors, for whom the "experimental drug/Serum" was brought in from the US.
According to Dr. Billy C. Johnson, Chief Medical Officer, JFK, who was on hand to receive Dr. Ireland, he told our Health Correspondent that Dr. Ireland did not use any of the serum or drug as his condition had very much improved by the time the drug arrived in the country last week for him and Dr. Abraham Borbor, Liberia's only in-country Internist.
Dr. Johnson also stated that Dr. Ireland’s returning to work was up to him and would depend on how psychologically prepared he is to return to help save lives.
Both Drs. Ireland and Borbor work for the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Liberia's biggest referral hospital in Monrovia. Dr. Ireland's JFK colleagues had gathered in their number to welcome back a colleague, who some of them said had been resurrected from the dead. They burst into a Christian song praising God, some shouting "Thank you, Jesus!"
Dr. Ireland walked out of the main withholding facility with both hands raised high, as those who had come to await him kept praising God for their son, friend, loved one, workmate and brother's revival. They had also gathered because only a few weeks ago, one of the hospital’s senior doctors, Dr. Samuel Brisbane had succumbed to the virus.
Dr. Ireland had stayed at least three weeks in the isolation center. During that period, he had turned very grey, which was not the case before he was admitted; but when he came out, his beard and hair were all very grey, with hardly a string of black hair visible on his head.
One of his colleagues said his being grey was probably due to depression and worry, “because the Ebola virus kills at least 90 percent of its sufferers; and for him to be alive is by God’s miracle,” as there are no known cures for the disease.