Ebola's Deadly Spread

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA - SEPTEMBER 05, 2014: James Dorbor, 8, suspected to have Ebola, is rushed in by medical staff wearing protective clothing into the JFK Ebola treatment centre on September 05, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia.<br />
James Dorbor,8, had been sick and showing symptoms for 3-4 days. Edward Dorbor, his father first took James to the S.O.S clinic, nearby for treatment, but being an ordinary hospital, medical staff were too afraid to treat the boy, as James was suffering with symptoms consistent with Ebola: extreme weakness, loss of appetite, toileting and vomitting. They referred him to the JFK Ebola treatment facility. That day the scene outside of the JFK Ebola treatment Unit was chaotic. One boy lay dead in the back of an ambulance, as three of his family members sat in the back with him. Two family members lay in the back of taxis unable to move and various others in the back of cars. Others people lay strewn over the dirt, underneath a shelter, too weak to stand, lay on benches. James lay outside of the JFK centre for hours. Edward fought hard to get his son to drink fluids but to no avail. James convulsed as he lay on the dirt, outside of the Ebola treatment centre and at one point lay motionless. Onlookers gasped and Edward reacted believing that his son had passed, but the boy still hung on for a few more hours. The gates opened at 4pm and other sick people rushed in to the clinic leaving James on the ground as he was unable to move. His father was too afraid to carry him as he only had a pair of gloves on and onlookers were already worried that he had had too much contact with his son. Edward ran to he heavy gate and beat on the door to get attention and informed them frantically of James condition. After some time medical staff donned protec