Never seen before video of People dying from Ebola in Liberia


Ambulance drivers in Monrovia, Liberia’s Ebola-ravaged capital, are being inundated with calls from desperate families asking them to pick up their sick loved ones.

People with suspected Ebola lie on the ground outside the Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment centre after arriving by ambulance

The New York Times’ Ben Solomon spent a week on the road with one, Gordon Kamara, who picks up between 15 and 30 Ebola patients a day, on average.

“It never stops,” Kamara said from the seat of his ambulance, one of about 15 servicing a city of 1.5 million. “I don’t rest, even when I go to bed.”

Suspected Ebola sufferer Finda ‘Zanabo’ prays over her sick family members before being admitted to the Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Ebola treatment centre. She and her family left an Ebola isolation centre in the West Point slum when it was overrun by a mob on 16 August. Her nephew Saah Exco, 10, died , after being taken to the JFK Ebola ward in Monrovia.

According to the World Health Organization, there have been at least 4,249 reported cases of Ebola in Liberia, and 2,458 deaths, making it the hardest-hit among West African countries affected by the outbreak.

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A man lies under a car after being put there in detention by the Liberian army on the second day of the government’s Ebola quarantine on West Point slum in Monrovia. An army officer said the man was showing symptoms of Ebola and was caught trying to escape from West Point.

“I’m tired of seeing people getting sick,” said Kamara, who moved his family, including his fiancee and six children, to a separate house to protect them from the virus. “Every morning, I pray. I pray that one day Ebola will go.”

In Monrovia, hundreds of new Ebola cases are reported each week, but only a small percentage of patients ever make it to a hospital. And even when they do, they’re often turned away from overcrowded treatment centers:

At the end of a recent 15-hour shift, Mr. Kamara took his final patient of the night, a 17-year-old girl, to an Ebola treatment center. Wrought with fever, she had stripped off her clothes in the back of the ambulance and fallen off the stretcher, lying twisted and barely conscious on the floor.

“If she does not get treatment, she will die,” Mr. Kamara said.

But as soon as they arrived, he and his team were turned away. All the beds were full. The center, meant to house 50 patients, was packed with 85.

“We could either leave her on the ground to die, or return her to die at home,” Mr. Kamara said. “There’s no hope here.”

Kamara returned the girl to her home, explaining to her family that the hospital was full. She died the next morning.

“When there are beds at the centers, we can do our work,” Kamara said. “When there aren’t, we must sit and wait.”

He added: “We try our best. But we cannot do more than we can do.”