Ebola survivor Foday Gallah tells story of his struggle

Ebola survivor Foday Gallah tells story of his struggle

Ebola has emerged to be a major health concern for the world today, especially in the West Africa. The disease has killed several persons and many more are becoming its victim. Health workers fighting Ebola have been termed as Time's 'Person of the Year'. The magazine featured Foday Gallah, an ambulance driver, on its cover, who told BBC about his struggle with the disease.

Gallah went to take a little boy to hospital in August. He was well known to the place as he had earlier taken seven members of the boy's family to hospital who later died due to infection. While taking him to the hospital, the boy vomited on Gallah's chest.

Gallah's protective suit was not sealed properly, but at that time he just focused on his work and took the boy at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) treatment centre.

After few days he fell ill and took medicine, but his fever persisted. He asked his family members to stay away from him and went to a treatment centre for tests.

Gallah said he had suspected that the disease could attack him. Despite taking the precautions, many doctors and nurses got infected by the disease and died. He said that seeing so many patients dying from the disease, he got scared and prayed for his survival.

He said the disease is really painful and takes away appetite. Vomiting is frequent, which leads to a lot of dehydration and eventually diarrhoea. The disease is devastating and terrible, he said.

Gallah said that doctors who treated him, showed a lot of love and care. And he was hospitalized for two weeks and the boy who infected him also survived along with him.

Gallah said that he survived probably because of his faith in the God or maybe because he went for treatment on time. His family supported him a lot, he said. Gallah said that a person suffering from the disease should listen to the doctors and take their advice and prescribed medication.


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