Sierra Leone's First Ebola Survivor Shattered After Her Newborn Succumbs to an Infection

by Reshma Anand on  September 7, 2015 at 2:09 PM Tropical Disease News
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Victoria Yillia, the Sierra Leone's first Ebola survivor got a new beginning in the form of a newborn after she lost 21 of her relatives to the deadly Ebola disease. But her beginning couldn't continue, as the new born died due to a infection in his tiny body.
Sierra Leone's First Ebola Survivor Shattered After Her Newborn Succumbs to an Infection
Sierra Leone's First Ebola Survivor Shattered After Her Newborn Succumbs to an Infection

The little baby boy was born on Aug 9th at the Kenema hospital. Inspite of his mother getting affected with the disease before an year, she was discharged without any health problems from the hospital.

The boy was christened Barnabas meaning, "Son of Encouragement". In the Ebola-ravaged community of Kenema, the baby became a symbol of rebirth and renewal. Recently he developed a fever and his parents rushed him back to the hospital. After fighting for his life, he died after two days in the hospital.

"Tears will never stop coming out of my eyes until the day I die, because that baby was everything in my life and a symbol for all my lost family members," said 21-year-old Yillia.

Elizabeth B.M. Kamara, the head nurse matron at the Kenema hospital, said the cause of the baby's death was an infection and was not believed to be related to Ebola.

Source: Medindia

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