MSF-run ELWA-3 Discharges 509th Patient Who Recovered from Ebola

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For the 509th time an Ebola survivor has left ELWA 3, the Ebola treatment center managed by the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Monrovia.  A 13-year-old boy was driven home by an MSF vehicle on Thursday, February 19, to be reunited with his big sister and two younger brothers.

“He has been our only confirmed patient for the past few weeks. The entire medical team was caring for him,” said Gloria Lougon, head nurse at ELWA 3. “All our energy and determination was put into helping this boy fight the virus and recover.”

As the young patient is a football lover, the team organized the screening of a legendary football game (Brazil – Germany at the world cup 2014). Three days later his blood sample finally tested Ebola-negative, meaning the kid could be brought home.

Before leaving ELWA 3, the last survivor left his tiny handprint on the walls to remind everyone an important message: yes, it is possible to beat Ebola.

The little boy couldn’t be reached for comments.

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