Omaha, Neb – As the condition of Dr. Rick Sacra, the patient being treated for the Ebola virus at The Nebraska Medical Center, continues to improve, staff members are trying to find new ways to keep him entertained inside his room in the hospital’s Biocontainment Unit.
“They’ve brought in some books and a chess board, so that’s been helpful,” said Debbie Sacra, Dr. Sacra’s wife. “Someone also brought in a Nerf hoop, which Rick discovered he might need a lot more practice with. Fortunately, he still has plenty of time to sharpen those skills,” she said, jokingly.
Debbie says while Dr. Sacra still physically tires very easily, mentally he’s becoming sharper every day. “He’s been able to have long conversations with several people he’s close to,” said Debbie. “He spoke with his pastor at Holden Chapel in our hometown of Holden, Mass. along with a colleague of his in Liberia, Dr. John Fankhauser. Staff members have also commented on how talkative he’s becoming.”
Meanwhile, the doctors caring for Dr. Sacra say he had a good weekend and they continue to be pleased with his progress.