Momoh was brought to our Ebola Treatment Center in Lakka, Sierra Leone three weeks ago in an ambulance that was also carrying his mother, who had unfortunately died before they arrived. His father had died a few days earlier.
He was extremely ill and displayed onset Ebola symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and high fever. The only way to get liquids into his body was via intravenous injections.
After some time, he managed to drink from a syringe and gradually began to recover. A week later, we transferred him to the tent for convalescent patients; he was very distraught, shying away and refusing his food.
After a few days, he began eating a bit of bread, then he progressed to moist food and fried fish. With some effort and care, he started walking again and was fully ready to be discharged.
When his aunt and uncle came to pick him up from the Center, all of our staff were at the gates to wave goodbye.
5-year-old Momoh has won his battle against Ebola.
The number of Ebola cases world wide has now exceeded 10,000. We must treasure every single one of these recoveries while the long and dangerous battle continues.
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