The Chinese-run Ebola treatment Unit (ETU) has discharged three persons, who recovered from the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD). The three, who were released on January 12, were the first batch to be discharged from the center, which is run by the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army’s Medical Contingent to Liberia.
Two of the three patients, a young woman and a seven-year-old boy, were admitted for observation, but three days later, on December 24, 2014, they were tested positive. The third person, a woman, was admitted on December 29, 2014 and tested positive on the next day. All the three patients were in critical condition with the same symptoms of high fever, vomit, diarrhea and dehydration. After nearly 20 days’ careful treatment, they went through the critical and recurrent stage successfully and were fully recovered.
The three patients, having been given intensive care at the ETU, tested negative of the virus on January 8. The result of the repeated test 3 days later kept the same. According to the WHO’s protocol, they were announced to be cured. On the morning of January 12, the three survivors put on the new clothes prepared by China ETU after a shower and walked out of the ETU. A discharge ceremony was held for the three heroes at the SKD stadium where the China ETU is located. The Chinese ambassador to Liberia，the Assistant Minister of MoHSW, officers and representatives from WHO, Task Force of District 6# and SKD community, and all members of the Chinese PLA’s Medical Team witnessed this joyful moment. Donations and gifts including clothes, food, table-tennis rackets, Chinese knots and specially designed T-shirt were delivered by China ETU to the survivors. Three trees, symbolizing life, health and friendship, were planted outside of the ETU to memorize this significant event. The Medical Team as well as the local employees sang in the praise of this moment and danced for happiness. The three survivors could not disguise their delight. The 7-year-old boy could not help dancing in a unique African style and saluted the medical members of China ETU. One of the young female survivors, Miss King, said that she was very scared few weeks ago since most of the infected patients around her had died of the disease. But she survived due to the timely treatment she got at the ETU. She expressed her heartfelt gratitude to China with a sentence in Chinese “Xiexie Zhongguo（China, thank you）” at the end of her remarks at the ceremony.