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Ebola’s Mystery: One Boy Lives, Another Dies

Sheri Fink | NY Times   in 
November 11, 2014

SUAKOKO, Liberia — Soon after he lost his parents to Ebola, Junior Samuel, 8, slumped in a plastic chair inside a treatment center here, listless, feverish and racked with aches. Within a day, he began bleeding from his gums, a particularly ominous sign.

“The kid’s very sick,” Elvis Ogweno, the ambulance supervisor, told a triage nurse when he brought the child in. “There’s no one to take care of him.”

Ten days later, 9-year-old Rancy Willie, who had just lost his mother, inched out of a pickup truck in the driveway. Weak, hot with fever and barely able to swallow after lying outdoors for more than a day while awaiting help, he, too, would soon begin bleeding.

The boys became roommates at the treatment center, run by the American charity International Medical Corps. They received essentially the same care. But one boy died hours before the other one went home, having recovered. And the fate of a third boy, 5-year-old Williams Beyan, remained unclear.


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