Via FrontPageAfrica: Clinging on To Life: Nurse Who Treated Sawyer Battling Ebola. Excerpt:
Nigeria’s Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nurudeem Mohammed revealed last week that Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had apologized to the Nigerian government over the lapses in her government that led to Patrick Sawyer breaching instructions not to travel shortly after the death of his sister, Princess, at the Catholic Hospital, from the deadly Ebola virus, only three weeks before Sawyer’s demise.
The circumstances surrounding the departure of Sawyer, a Coordinator of the ECOWAS National Unit at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning’s departure from Monrovia has become a talking point since his death and the subsequent revelation that he took the virus to Nigeria.
At least one doctor who came in contact with Sawyer has died and some 40 others who also came in contact with him are under quarantine in Nigeria. Eight other members of the delegation from Liberia who accompanied Sawyer to Nigeria have reportedly returned to Monrovia but it is unclear whether they have been quarantined by health authorities in Liberia and how much contact they made with Sawyer.
One of those Nigerian health care workers, Obi Justina Ejelonu, who was on duty at the First Consultant Hospital in Obalende, Lagos when Sawyer was brought in, is said to be clinging onto her life after contracting the virus. Ironically, Obi Justina had initially posted a message on her Facebook page boasting that she had limited contact with Sawyer and was grateful to God to be alive:
Obi Justina wrote: “I never contacted his fluids. I checked his vitals, helped him with his food (he was too weak)…..I basically touched where his hands touched and that’s the only contact. Not directly with his fluids. At a stage, he yanked off his infusion and we had blood everywhere on his bed…..but the ward maids took care of that and changed his linens with great precaution.”
During a recent fact-finding mission to Lagos, FrontPageAfrica gathered from diplomats and medical practitioners at the hospital that Sawyer behaved rather strangely with healthcare workers in manners similar to what Nurse Obi Justina is now revealing.
But one hospital source told FPA that in addition to yanking the infusion tubes, Sawyer took off his pants and urinated on the floor as nurses fled from his presence. The hospital was shut down immediately after Sawyer’s death.
In her own words, Nurse Justina Obi writes:
“Every patient is treated as high risk …..if it were airborne, by now wahala for dey. I still thank God. Friends, up to our uniforms n all linens were burnt off. We are on surveillance n off work till 11th. Our samples v long bn taken by WHO and so far we have been fine. For me, kudos to my hospital managt cos we work professionally wt every patient considered risk cos that’s d training. Had it been it’s a hospital where they manage ordinary gloves like Gov’t hospital n some janjaweed private hosp..:lol….wahala for dey o. I must also thank Lagos Govt….infact! Even fed govt sef….all been supportive. I’m good n so r the others in d hospital…..”
The nurse reportedly went into quarantine after the posting and is said to be currently treated at the Mainland hospital in Yaba, Lagos alongside about 40 others. A similar behavior by Sawyer prior to his sister’s death has been documented at the Catholic Hospital, where several nurses and doctors have died in recent weeks.
Richard Preston's 1995 book The Hot Zone is open to criticism on many points, but he argues that Ebola can induce brain damage resulting in unusual behaviour, and I haven't seen that argument refuted. In fact, I've seen very little on that score.