Sierra Leone News: 4 year-old beats Ebola

Despite the escalating numbers of Ebola deaths in the country, Hassan Sillah, a 4 year-old boy, of Gbendembu, Goderich was among 45 other patients discharged at the Police Training School (PTS) Hasting.
His mother, Mabinty Bangura, narrated their ordeal with the deadly Ebola virus, noting it was a devastating blow, as she believed her son was dead.
According to Mabinty Bangura, her son, Hassan Sillah was among several others, taken away from their area at Gbendembu Goderich, as a result of over 15 deaths of Ebola in their compound.
She explained that her son contracted the virus through interacting with other residents in the compound, as there are over 100 people living in there with poor toilet facility.
She also explained that about a month ago, the Ebola response team came to their house and took several people including her son and the entire compound was quarantined.
Mabinty said that her son was taken to Lakka Holding Centre but after that she received no information pertaining her son’s whereabouts for about three weeks.
“After three weeks, I received information that my son had died of the Ebola virus and that he has already been buried, I felt devastated and frustrated as I was not able to see my son nor his corpse, as I was quarantined’.
The mother said she mourned her son and was afraid for her own life, as everyday people died in their compound as a result of Ebola.
On the 20th of October, she narrated, she received a call from one of her relatives whose wife was admitted at Police Training School (PTS) that he saw her son Hassan Sillah admitted at the PTS.
‘I couldn’t believe what I heard, as I screamed with joy and delight that my son was still alive’.
Mabinty Bangura told Awoko that her relatives informed her that according to the nurses at the centre, Hassan has been undergoing treatment for over a month now and fortunately he is one of the 45 to be discharged from the Centre but had to be taken to an orphanage, as there was no information about him.
The mother of the Ebola survivor said immediately, she came up with a plan to escape from her quarantine home to Hastings to pick up her son for fear of losing him again.
At the PTS, Hassan Sillah looked agile and healthy, as he moved about freely, laughing and playing with other kids in the same situation.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.