|“I will be brave Mom.”|
We have had two Ebola cases at Nyankunde Hospital this past week. They arrived in the middle of the night, and it seems that they intentionally deceived the staff. They lied about the town they came from. They had a family member who had Ebola. Rather than comply with the recommended observation period, they fled and came here. One of them died in the hospital, and the other has been transferred to an Ebola Treatment Center nearby. Both of them have tested positive.
This has been an unsettling experience. It is difficult to identify high-risk patients when they intentionally lie and deceive. We do not know what will happen next. I have done a few operations, but we are trying to keep a low profile and minimize our exposure in the hospital.
|Many children and family members of health workers were vaccinated|
It was inevitable that we would get another case sooner or later. This disease is simply not going away anytime soon. It has a disruptive effect on the hospital on many different levels. We will do our very best to be cautious. Lindsey and I both feel that God has called us to serve in this difficult place at this difficult time. We know that he can take care of us.
Please do pray for us as we live and serve at Nyankunde.
Warren, Lindsey, and Emmanuel Cooper
|Giving consent to receive the Ebola vaccine|