The first Ebola patient in New York City is now cured of the virus.
Dr. Craig Spencer contracted the disease during his trip to Guinea as part of the Doctors Without Borders organization. He was admitted to Bellevue Hospital Center on Oct. 23, and was released Tuesday (Nov. 11), holding a press conference to update personnel on his health condition and stated he’s a “living example” of effective protocol when treating Ebola. The 33-year-old physician also detailed his trip to the West African country.
“I cried as I held children not strong enough to survive Ebola,” he said. “I also felt immense joy when I was welcomed as a brother into the homes of families who I treated.”
According to the World Health Organization, Ebola has killed over 4,950 people, with that number including residents in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
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