New Ebola hospital in Liberia overwhelmed by patients

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
By Paul Martin

MyFox8.com
September 23, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia — On the day the new Ebola clinic in Liberia opened, ambulances waited outside. Inside the ambulances were desperately ill patients who had come for treatment but instead would be left to lie on the ground as others walked by.

The Island Clinic and its 120 Ebola treatment beds opened to fanfare Sunday afternoon, with a ceremony attended by international health officials and Liberian leaders. But the clinic, located on Bushrod Island near Monrovia, the capital, did not appear to be ready for the number of patients that quickly flooded its doors.

Some lay motionless on the floors of the ambulances outside the center, too weak to get out. They had traveled for hours after being turned away from other hospitals in the area. No one from inside the hospital arrived to offer assistance.

One man opened his eyes weakly.

“Try to come down and walk a little,” a worker told him.

“I’m too tired,” the man said.

But he summoned his strength and got out of the ambulance — and immediately collapsed on the ground.

A little boy tried to walk out of another ambulance, but he too collapsed.

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