Ebola Through Their Eyes
The Ebola outbreak through the perspectives of the people involved
Here is a Doctor Kent Brantly. He is one of the head doctors to treat Ebola in Liberia.
Ebola From a Doctor's
I’ve only been at this camp for a week, and I already know that there’s no hope for these people. To give you a little background to this situation, my name is Larry Hadfield and I’m stationed at a makeshift hospital in Liberia. A couple of months ago the World Health Organization asked me to come here and treat Ebola patients. At first I was extremely apprehensive and didn’t want to go, but after seeing the pay I would be getting, I hopped right on that plane to Liberia. When I arrived at the hospital I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the conditions that they were treating patients in. Infected were being held in open air tents with nothing but filthy blood and vomit soaked cots to sleep in. Full hazmat suits were required at all time since the previous doctor became infected when a patient vomited on him. Despite this, I went about my work unsuccessfully treating patients. That first week I lost eight patients.
I wish I could tell you that things are improving, but that would be a complete lie. Just yesterday a whole family including 4 children came in. We’re not entirely sure what went down with that family, but what I've gathered is that it started out with the dad getting infected from eating bushmeat. As the family tried to take care of him they got his body fluids on them, and got infected as well. You would think that what happened to this family would be a horrible tragedy, but it’s really something that I see everyday. All the other doctors and I agree that the main reason that this is happening is due to lack of education. Villagers hide their infected and try to treat them themselves instead of sending them to us. They don’t realize that they’re the one who are spreading Ebola. Regardless, I still have another four months here until I get home, and I’m just trying not to get infected myself.
Here is a graph representing the numbers of the current Ebola outbreak
Ebola Through a Victim's Perspective
By Jesse Chiddister
I’m trembling in fear that my life will soon be over, I don’t know if I have it… I don’t know. I feel weak, my head hurts, theres this throbbing behind my eyeballs… I’m so scared to tell anyone. I don’t want to leave my family. I don’t want to go to the hospital. Or bring them to our village. Maybe if I told my friends they would hide me, or protect me… Why is this happening to me? I’m not even sure if I have it, I just need to calm down. I’m just going to sleep…
Oh my god… They’re here. I can’t stand up, I’m too weak. Whats happening to me? I have it… I have ebola. I can’t let them take me! I need to protect my family. No… No. This can’t be happening. I feel it coming up my throat… It’s everywhere. I can’t stop vomiting. Everything is red, everything around me is covered in blood… I can’t move at all. What do I do? They’re coming. I have to leave, I have to go…
Here is an info graphic of how Ebola can be transmitted, and how to prevent it.
Ebola Through a Villager's Perspective
By Jacob Moreno
I live day to day with the fear of Ebola in my village. My brethren keep dying to this satanic disease. We are short on farm hands and the remaining children are all starving and nothing has been done. I am the last member of my family left and my village population has been cut in half. I have not left my house in days for the fear of the disease to fall upon me is too great.
I leave my village not knowing that Ebola will be everywhere I go. I live alone in the woods battling the fierce creatures to survive. The fierce flame that burns in my chest is from the anger of Ebola. I will fight back against Ebola I will start war against Ebola. Today will be the day that I rid this world of Ebola.