The Ebola disease is considered to be one of the world’s deadliest. First, because Ebola is incurable and also because the disease spreads very easily. More than 660 people of the 1,100 who have fallen sick with Ebola have died, in the worst outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever on record. Just body contact with a patient can transfer the disease. Ebola is a disease that many doctors and health workers will like to stay away from. However, few others are risking their lives to combat this monstrous disease. Sadly, three doctors who have been treating Ebola virus victims have been infected with the virus and are now battling for their lives.
I will share the story of these three doctors who have ignored all risks and fears to care for the sick and dying Ebola patients, whom most of their colleagues prefer to avoid.
Dr KENT BRANTLY
‘God’s going to deliver me from this but even if he doesn’t… I have no regrets’. These were the words of Dr Kent Brantly, a 33 year old American working for the charity organization, Samaritans Purse to combat Ebola in Liberia.
Devoted: Kent Brantly, pictured with his wife Amber and their two children, contracted Ebola while working with patients in Liberia. He and his family chose to stay in the country even after Ebola began to spread.
Dr Sheikh Umar Khan
Sheikh Khan is one of the three senior doctors that have been diagnosed with the Ebola virus disease within a week. The Sierra Leone leading Ebola specialist, Dr Sheikh Umar Khan tested positive last week, and is being treated at a Medecins Sans Frontieres clinic. Thankfully, he is expected to survive.
Dr. Samuel Brisbane
Unfortunately, Dr. Samuel became the first Liberian doctor to die in the outbreak the World Health Organization says. A Ugandan doctor working in the country died earlier this month. Brisbane, who once served as a medical adviser to former Liberian President Charles Taylor, was working as a consultant with the internal medicine unit at the country’s largest hospital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia. After falling ill with Ebola, he was taken to a treatment center on the outskirts of the capital, where he died.
These brave and courageous doctors with large hearts have sacrificed their own lives and health to help fight this threatening and scary disease. We must recognize the great work they are doing and keep praying for them. Its a great pity that we lost Dr Sam. May the Lord rest his soul.