An act of kindness with terrible consequences
A month later, Comfort was travelling by bus to work at Phebe when a gentleman gave up his seat so she could sit down. A few hours later she saw the same man in the emergency room being tested for Ebola. Within days he was dead from the virus.
"I separated myself from my family," said Comfort, afraid that she would infect one of her 6 children, or her husband. “So many nurses had already died from Phebe through no protection. I just prayed every day. I was so scared.
A fortnight after that fateful bus ride, when Comfort was finally tested and confirmed that she was positive, International Medical Corps had opened the first of its Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in Liberia just a few minutes from her home. Comfort was the third patient admitted to the unit and despite the terrible ordeal of the disease, knowing how many of her friends and colleagues had died from Ebola, Comfort emerged three weeks later as the unit’s first female survivor.
Doctors and nurses at the ETU had noticed Comfort’s compassion and her skill as a nurse, even as she recovered from the ravages of Ebola. Within days of her release, International Medical Corps asked Comfort to come back and help care for other patients.