Third U.S. Ebola patient flying home for treatment
Thursday, September 04, 2014 - 01:07
The third U.S. missionary to be infected with Ebola in West Africa, Doctor Rick Sacra, is heading back to the United States for treatment in Nebraska. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: A plane carrying a third U.S. missionary infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia left the capital of the West African nation on Thursday on the way back to the United States for treatment in Omaha, Nebraska.
Doctor Rick Sacra, a 51-year-old Boston physician, is the latest worker for the missionary SIM USA organization to be infected with the virus that has killed more than 1,900 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.
Sacra, who was wearing a white protective overall, stepped out of the ambulance which brought him to the tarmac and walked onto the aircraft.
He was dressed in a protective white suit, as was the person who accompanied him to the plane and they were followed by a worker spraying the ground where they had walked.
The plane is expected to arrive in Omaha on Friday (September 5) morning and Sacra will begin treatment in a special hospital care unit, the organization said in a statement.
Sacra had volunteered to return to Liberia, where he had worked previously, when two other U.S. health workers became ill with the virus.
Sacra follows Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly who had also contracted the disease in July while working at the missionary group's health facilities in Liberia.
Writebol and Brantly have since recovered after being flown back to the United States to receive treatment in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Sacra had not been caring for Ebola patients but was delivering babies, and had been following protocols to prevent the disease, the group said. It is not known how he contracted the disease.
Sacra immediately isolated himself when symptoms began, according to a SIM USA news release.
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