He's Alive! Live Ebola Victim Nearly Sent to Crematorium
He's alive! Live Ebola victim nearly sent to crematorium before twitching his arm, signalling his still alive.
Incredible moment 'dead' Ebola victim left in the street for days in Liberia turns out to be ALIVE as he is prepared for burial
A man thought to have died of Ebola in the middle of a Liberian street was discovered to still be alive when funeral workers arrived to pick up his body.
The unnamed 37-year-old is said to have been dying from the virus in the open air for several days but ambulance workers in the capital Monrovia refused to treat him, local community leaders said.
Finally, following days without medical attention, the man stopped moving and funeral workers were called - although while preparing to take him for burial they noticed he was trying to move his arms.
The realistion that the man was still alive prompted cheers from the large crowd of onlookers, who then had to plead with paramedics to take the man for treatment at the hospital.
The incident occurred earlier this week in an Ebola-ravaged section of the Liberian capital Monrovia and was captured on video by ABC News.
Thinking the man had already died, reporter Dr Richard Besser was filming a piece to camera, having spoken to several community leaders about the way the victim had been abandoned without medical treatment for several days.
While the item was being recorded, a burial team arrived and began spraying the man - who had been covered by a blanket - with disinfectant and bleach.
Minutes later, as they started lifting him onto a stretcher to be placed in a mortuary vehicle, one of the funeral workers noticed he was still moving and a cry of 'He's alive' rang out.
A large crowd of onlookers then broke into cheers and applause, although the realisation initially had little impact other than the burial team dumping the critically ill man back on the floor and driving off.
An ambulance was called and this time arrived within 10 minutes, with locals pleading with paramedics to ensure the man was transported to a hospital in the hope he could be saved.
The sick man's current state of health is not known, but Dr Besser said he appeared so ill that it seems unlikely he would have been able to cling on to life for much longer than a few more hours.
He said the reason it had proven so difficult to get him the medical care he so desperately needed is due to a chronic shortage of hospital beds for Ebola victims in virus-ravaged Monrovia.
On the other hand, there is still plenty of space at Liberia's cemeteries and crematoriums, which is why the burial team were more than happy to pick up what they thought was the man's corpse within a hour of him being reported dead.
The news comes as an American woman was confined to her Dallas apartment under armed guard after a man infected with Ebola stayed at her home
Louise Troh said Thursday that she is tired of being locked up and wants federal health authorities to decontaminate her home, adding that she never imagined this could happen to her so far from disease-ravaged West Africa.
Authorities say the circle of people in the U.S. possibly exposed to Ebola widened after the man - who arrived from Liberia last month - was discharged from hospital without being tested for the virus.