Liberia Discharges “Last Ebola Survivor”
The “last known Ebola survivor” in Liberia was yesterday, March 5, discharged from the Chinese-run Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).
Ms. Beatrice Yardoldo, 59, had arrived at the ETU, located on the grounds of the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, on February 18. She spent about 15 days in an intensive care enclosure within the Chinese ETU, which is managed by the medical team of the Chinese military contingent and assisted by Liberian nurses.
During a brief ceremony held at the Chinese ETU, Ms. Yardoldo thanked the joint Chinese and Liberian medical team which looked after her.
She narrated that in January and February three of her children died from the virus and when she too, became infected, she didn’t think that she would survive.
“I didn’t know I could make it. Since Ebola hit the country, the whole of last year went by [without it affecting any of us]. We gave testimonies in church that Ebola had passed by us. But in January and February, three of our children were taken away by the virus,” Ms. Yardoldo narrated.
She stated that she was prepared to be stigmatized by people who don’t understand the nature of the disease, but once her family members are around to show her love, care and concern, she wouldn’t be moved.
In his remarks, the Chinese Charge d’Affaires at the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia, Mr. Pang Hanzhao, congratulated the China ETU team for their “arduous work and hard efforts” to make “one more miracle happen in the fight against Ebola.” He recalled an old saying in China that one who survives a great disaster is destined to good fortune forever after.