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US NewsThis doctor survived Ebola. Now, he treats other sufferers

06:25  22 july  2019
06:25  22 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Now the chance to care for sufferers has given meaning to her life again. He contracted it from a woman he helped take to hospital. He got sick and called our father for help, and our Helping people brings pleasure, and that is what brought me here. My efforts here may help other people to survive .

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Every time a doctor enters the treatment area at the Ebola medical centre in Beni, the support staff write their name on the section of their protective suits which covers their foreheads.

It is something of a necessity for it can be difficult to distinguish each medic under their masks and multiple layers of biohazard gear.

However, Dr Kambale Philemon does not need his name inked on his suit because everybody knows who he is.

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I cleaned him when he vomited and also did his laundry. I also often gave him food and drink. I received medical assistance at the Ebola treatment center, put in place at the health centre of Joy, for my family because everyone thought that I would not survive this disease as many others people

This doctor survived Ebola. Now, he treats other sufferers © Other Dr Philemon says as a survivor of Ebola, he understands what his patients go through

The 46-year old is an Ebola survivor.

Dr Philemon contracted Ebola last November while working in the emergency room at a general hospital in Beni - a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

When the blood tests came back, he knew his odds of survival were poor.

This doctor survived Ebola. Now, he treats other sufferers © Other Doctors who contract Ebola have their names written on their protective suits

He said: "It first hit me that this might be Ebola because I had never felt so bad so I asked for a blood test.

"The other doctors had their doubts - 'you cannot get Ebola', they said - but the way I was feeling, it could only be Ebola.

"When the result came back it was positive."

This doctor survived Ebola. Now, he treats other sufferers © Other Dr Kambale Philemon contracted Ebola last November

I told him that must have been frightening. He replied: "Yes, the fear is huge because you are between life and death."

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Dr Philemon was fortunate he says, because his wife and daughters were on holiday at the time and he could have easily infected them.

However, as a physician, he knew his own future was bleak. He said: "I was put in a cube (treatment tent) and the first five days were not easy because I was completely lost.

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"It was only after that period I started to recover my memory and recognise members of my own family".

We were filming at the treatment centre - which is run by medical charity ALIMA - and at the time, I remember trying to ask Dr Philemon a question through the transparent plastic wall of his cube.

However, the attending medic said he was far too weak to speak.

This doctor survived Ebola. Now, he treats other sufferers © Other Dr Philemon contracted Ebola while working in a hospital in Beni

On the last day of our visit, we went to say goodbye - but the doctor's cube was empty and a health worker told us he had died.

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It was with a mixture of elation and surprise when we learned Dr Philemon had actually survived.

He offered us a smile - and a chuckle - when we visited him at his home in Beni.

This doctor survived Ebola. Now, he treats other sufferers © Other Dr Philemon says when he was ill he did not recognise his own family

"When I returned home I was welcomed by everyone in the entire neighbourhood," he said. "The (house) compound was full of joy because the people thought I was dead. There were lots of rumours going around."

As a survivor of the Ebola virus, the physician is immune from future infection and he has been deployed at the same treatment centre where he was a patient.

The hours are brutal - Dr Philemon says he works every day - but Beni is at the centre of this epidemic.

This doctor survived Ebola. Now, he treats other sufferers © Other Dr Philemon says for the first five days of treatment he was 'completely lost'

We watched the doctor as he entered cube number five and found a woman called Kavira who was utterly unresponsive.

He called for a drip and oxygen - then a resuscitator - as the woman's anxious-looking relatives watched from the other side of the cube.

It took him three hours to stabilise the patient and we found the him later, drenched in sweat, as support staff stripped off his protective clothing.

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This doctor survived Ebola. Now, he treats other sufferers © Other Anxious relatives of a woman wait for news outside her cubicle

I asked: "Why do you work here when you almost lost your life here?"

He replied: "I took an oath and I have compassion for people who are sick. I want to save lives. That is my oath and that is my job and I love it."

Dr Philemon understands what his patients are going through.

He knows in a way that few others could ever understand and he will do anything he can to keep them alive.

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