EBOLA IS REAL, EBOLA KILLS
More than 100 people surrounded the woman lying in the grass 50 yards from the clinic, talking in whispers, staring, pointing. The Liberian woman was feverish and very weak; she did not have the strength to stand. Twine had been strung around her to keep people from getting too close, with handwritten signs reading, “Ebola is real, Ebola kills.”
Health clinic staff in the town of Totota in Bong County denied the woman entry to the health clinic because they had no protective gear; they were understandably concerned for themselves and the other patients. They called for the county ambulance to bring her to an isolation unit, but the ambulance never came. Another woman sat next to the ill woman, cradling her head, unconcerned with the risk she faced by exposing herself to the disease.
According to a community health volunteer, the “caretaker” wandered the community, had no home, and suffered from mental health issues. The ill woman spent two days and nights on the ground, through the rain and gawking onlookers, until the struggle ended and she died.