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The Politics of FearMédecins sans Frontières and the West African Ebola Epidemic$
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Michiel Hofman and Sokhieng Au

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190624477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624477.001.0001

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Treating, Suffering, and Surviving Ebola

Treating, Suffering, and Surviving Ebola

The Story of Prince as told to Patricia Carrick

(p.124) Vignette 2 Treating, Suffering, and Surviving Ebola
The Politics of Fear

Prince Lahai

Patricia Carrick

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This story of an encounter with a remarkable young man, Prince, during a small incident in an Ebola treatment center provides a window to the lived experience of Ebola caregivers, patients, and survivors. In the Ebola ward, as anywhere else, the living, both the patients and the caregivers, had to go about the business of normal daily life with all its boring routine while they dealt with the fear of crisis and the unexpected. With the high rate of healthcare worker infection, some healthcare workers were not just caregivers but also patients and, for the fortunate, survivors. As Prince’s story reveals, many survivors still grapple with the discomforts of post-Ebola syndrome, social stigma, and the struggle for survival that is life for so many in a resource-poor nation. Prince and others like him continue to conduct themselves with professional integrity and commitment, dignity, and determination.

Keywords:   Ebola, survivor, stigma, post-Ebola syndrome, Ebola treatment centers, healthcare workers

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