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Life After Surviving Ebola

Adam Nossiter | NY TIMES   in 
August 19, 2014

The neighbors lined up, smiling and mouthing soft congratulations when the van pulled in bearing Jattu Lahai and her 2-year-old daughter.

No one moved to embrace them. Nobody stepped out of the line of 30-odd people as Ms. Lahai, an Ebola survivor, walked to the room she shares with her husband. A conspicuous space formed around the smooth-faced 26-year-old woman and her baby, also a survivor, as she sat on a bench.

โ€œWhen I fell sick, everybody abandoned me,โ€ said Ms. Lahai, in her darkened room for the first time since the ambulance whisked her away two weeks ago on a trip most do not return from. Crying softly, she wiped her tears with the hem of her dress and spoke a quiet prayer. โ€œI didnโ€™t think I was going to come home again,โ€ she said, cradling her daughter, Rosalie.


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