PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Two Alpert Medical School professors who have joined the fight against Ebola in Liberia’s capital city Monrovia have been publishing poignant online dispatches from the scene.
Dr. Adam Levine and Dr. Tim Flanigan are both veterans of global health work, including work in different parts of Africa.
Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine, has already seen patients. In a blog entry at the Huffington Post, Levine said he found his first patient lying on the floor, tired and confused after wandering away from his bed.
“The physician with me calmly reassures him, and together we help lift him to his feet and guide him back to his thin mattress in one of the large white tents serving as an Ebola ward,” Levine wrote Sept. 1. “He is profoundly weak, and as we walk, I notice that his pants are soaked through with diarrhea, a hallmark of the disease.”
Meanwhile Flanigan, professor of medicine who sent a shipment of desperately needed personal protective equipment to Monrovia earlier this summer, arrived in Monrovia Aug. 31 to begin work with local Catholic organizations.
“In the afternoon we visited St Joseph’s Hospital, which was very moving,” Flanigan wrote Sept. 2. They have been hard hit indeed. When Brother Patrick died, many of the nurses, sisters, and brothers became ill suddenly with Ebola. I spent an hour with a wonderful doctor who survived and told me the tale. The hospital is closed and we’ll help in the reopening.”
In a very difficult time in West Africa, Drs. Levine and Flanigan are there to help.