| May 13, 2015
Your gifts saved the lives of baby Anthony and his parents in Liberia! Because of you, Anthony’s parents survived the deadly virus and he did not contract it. Plus, the family quarantined themselves, saving countless many more lives in their community – and perhaps West Africa. You made this possible!
Last October, 5-year-old Ramsey became sick. His grandmother correctly feared he had Ebola. He was the first reported case of the disease in his town. At first – as was typical in the community - his parents refused to divulge the nature of his condition and didn't seek treatment.
With much persistence, Negba – an MTI community health volunteer that your gift trained - convinced the family to take the boy to a hospital. But it was too late for Ramsey, and he died.
Even after Ramsey had succumbed to the disease, his family did not explain what actually happened to him. They told no one that their house could still be infected by the disease.
Knowing others in the community were being put in harm’s way by the family’s silence, including the family members themselves, Negba intensified his educational campaign to convince the Sackor family to be quarantined for 21 days.
It was during the quarantine that three of the family members — father Dioxin, his wife and their 10-year-old daughter Joanna — came down with symptoms of Ebola. An MTI ambulance evacuated the family, including the family’s 13-month-old baby named Anthony. Thankfully, the baby showed no signs of having been infected.
Under treatment, Dioxin and his wife survived Ebola. However, Joanna wasn’t so lucky, and she later died from the disease. Thirteen-month-old Anthony was the only family member not to have been infected.
The Sackor family, including little baby Anthony, survived Ebola thanks to your donation. Since then, they have taken the lead in educating the rest of their community about Ebola prevention.
Having already lost so much, Anthony’s mother called her baby’s survival “miraculous.” She recognizes that your gift was the difference between life and death. While she lost two children to the ravages of Ebola, Anthony’s survival is a blessing, and his life is a sign that there can be hope even among death.
“I am happy to take Anthony in my arms again,” she said. “Thank God for MTI activities in Polay Town, [to] all those who help us to live again. We listened to Negba to still be alive.”
Since he returned from the Ebola Treatment Unit, Dioxin enforces “infection prevention control” measures in Polay Town, using what he learned from MTI volunteers. He encourages others to wash their hands regularly, and he asks people to seek medical attention early if they're showing signs of Ebola.
Each morning, he makes Clorox water for everyone in the community, so they can safely wash their hands when they come back from the farm or other places.
Because of your donation, baby Anthony and his parents are alive.
Your gifts provided community education programs, which is seen by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Liberian Ministry of Health as the most effective way to fight Ebola. Thank you!