by Aaron Walker and Bailey Wells
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The physician introducing him to the routine, Dr. Pranav shetty , said they needed to get the man back to bed, so they picked him up. Dr. Shetty focused on calming the patient, who would not live through the night. He diluted a Valium tablet in water, and cut some intravenous tubing into a crude straw for him to sip.
It is a place both ordinary and otherworldly. Young men who feel well enough run laps around the ward; acrid smoke wafts from a medical waste incinerator into the expansive tropical sky; doctors are unrecognizable in yellow protective suits; patients who may not have Ebola listen to a radio with those who do, separated by a fence and fresh air.
Here are the rhythms of a single day:
Ebola came to Dallas on Sept. 20 with the arrival of Thomas Eric Duncan, who flew in from Monrovia, Liberia, to marry his fiancee. He was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas on Sept. 28, where nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson treated him until he died Oct. 8.
Pham and Vinson showed Ebola symptoms a few days later and survived thanks to a blood transfusion from Kent Brantly. Brantly, a Fort Worth doctor who treated Ebola victims in Liberia, was the first person treated for the disease in the U.S.
Dallas County’s small staff of epidemiologists had to use insufficient information technology to track the disease, said Chung. The experts also handled logistical chores beyond their formal training. Some even purchased diapers for potential Ebola contacts with their own money.
The Fort Worth doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia last year is offering a reminder that the fight against the disease has not yet been won.
“A lot of people in this country have forgotten that Ebola is not over,” Kent Brantly said Saturday at Arlington Christian Bible Fellowship Church.
About 50 people, most of them Liberian, gathered to pray for Ebola survivors and health-care workers who have risked their lives helping others in Africa.