Dr. Rick Sacra, the patient who has been treated at The Nebraska Medical Center for the Ebola virus over the last three weeks, has left his room in the Biocontainment Unit and will soon head home. The CDC confirmed that two separate blood samples taken from Dr. Sacra 24 hours apart show the virus is no longer in his bloodstream.
Mimi served for seven weeks as a medical intern at Duncan Hospital, operated by the Emmanuel Hospital Association a partner of field India. This is an excerpt of an interview she gave before leaving at the end of that time.
Doctors caring for Dr. Rick Sacra, the patient who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa, are confirming that the research drug used to treat him is called TKM-Ebola, manufactured by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation. TKM-Ebola is an anti-Ebola virus RNAi therapeutic, which stops the virus from replicating.
The outpatient waiting room is overflowing with people suffering from the entire gamut of physical issues. The medical personnel work until they can work no longer, but the incredible need just continues to walk, or be carried, through the door. Doctors sit in the small examination room and look into the eyes of those suffering with infertility, ear infections, arthritis, broken bones, tropical diseases like typhoid and malaria, high blood pressure and diabetes.
The bodies of eight officials and journalists who went to a remote village in Guinea to dispel rumors about the deadly Ebola outbreak gripping the region were discovered…
Raju has been mentally and physically challenged since birth. Now 38 years old, he lives with his family in Northern India where many believe that disability is a sign of God’s curse. Because of this, people with disabilities are often socially isolated.
The appetite of Dr. Richard Sacra, the patient being treated for the Ebola virus at The Nebraska Medical Center, has returned in a big way. “Rick asked for enchiladas last night,” said Debbie Sacra, Dr. Sacra’s wife. “The food service folks have gone out of their way to prepare whatever sounds good to him. I’m happy to say the enchiladas sounded so good, he finished every last bite.”
President Bruce Johnson is encouraged by President Obama’s announcement today to send additional medical professionals, provide more hospital beds and train more West Africans to treat the recent outbreak of Ebola.
The doctors caring for Dr. Richard Sacra, the patient who contracted the Ebola virus while treating patients in West Africa, are optimistic about his departure from the hospital. “Based on what we’re seeing know, we expect him to make a full recovery,” said Angela Hewlett, MD, associate medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at The Nebraska Medical Center.