Via FrontPageAfrica: Ebola Survivors: 12 Liberians Share How They Pull Through. Excerpt:
Fighting to hold back his tears, Lawrence Tumbay has no idea how he got the deadly Ebola virus or who he came in contact with that nearly cost him his life. But the lab technician at the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Margibi County is thanking his lucky stars for a second chance at life.
“Getting a clearance today from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare that I am free to go about with my normal activities bring tears to me," Tumbay lamented while struggling to come to terms with the reality that many of his former workmates are no longer around, the victims of the deadliest viral outbreak this country has seen. “My friends are no more, they were up to five, six, and those that survive, I don’t even know."
Tumbay says some of the Ebola patients and his colleagues at the C.H. Rennie were frightened when they contracted the virus, but as God would have it and with the intervention from the health team, they were able to cope with their condition.
“I want to say thanks you to the national government, ELWA family and the Samaritan Purse group for the care they give us, thanks to the staff for giving us the encouragement and thanks to the almighty God for making us to see this day”.
Tumbay says contrary to rumors that patients at the facility were not getting the best of care, he and his peers were treated well. Tumbay was one of the twelve persons discharged from the isolation center in the ELWA holding and treatment center in Monrovia.
The survivors also included a medical Doctor from the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Monrovia who contracted the virus while catering to infected patients in their respective areas of work. Other patients came from Nimba and Montserrado counties respectively on separate dates.
Presenting the Ebola survivors to the health ministry and family, the head of the treatment center at the ELWA Ebola center, Dr. Jerry Brown said some of the survivors were diagnosed positive of the deadly Ebola.
Dr. Browne said there were seven others of the twelve Ebola survivors who only a few weeks ago showed signs Ebola: vomiting, fever amongst other symptoms and were critical and tested positive for the virus, but through care, they were able to pull through and their tests are now negative after weeks proper treatment.
Dr. Brown said the key to survival is early detection as he urged those infected to immediately report themselves to treatment center for proper care and treatment.