About 35 Canadian soldiers returned safely on Friday from a
three-month-long mission caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Lt. Tamara Nevills, a member of CFB Petawawa's 1 Canadian Field Hospital,
called her first overseas deployment 'amazing.'
"We got to do so much work over there. It's totally different than what you
would do here in Canada. Putting on those suits every day - you're sweating
like crazy. Everything you do is so slow motion, you can't rush to go and
help," Tamara Nevills said.
The eight-hour days were spent in what the soldiers refer to as the 'red
zone' where about 80 Ebola-positive patients were treated. Many more who were
suspected of carrying the deadly virus were also treated there.
The Canadian troops were well-trained both here and in the U.K. "The first
time you cross that line in your suit, it's like, 'Whoa, this is real,'"