Fighting Ebola: Marc’s Sierra Leone Diary – Part 5
Alder Hey Lab Technician Marc Seddon is in Africa spending five weeks working in a clinic laboratory testing samples from patients, to help in the fight against Ebola.
Marc is blogging to share his experience during his visit: here are the latest extracts from his diary.
It’s coming to the end of my 5 weeks in Sierra Leone, and I just can’t believe how fast it’s gone. I have one week remaining and I plan to get everything I possibly can out of it.
Today I spoke to the guy in charge of the wash team and asked if it was possible for me to get into full PPE so I could understand how the medics feel when they’re in the red zone. He said it’s not a problem at all and I can do it tomorrow, so I will attach photos and reaction to this. He did explain that I wouldn’t be able to go into the red zone….unfortunately.
Today we officially passed the one thousand mark for samples processed by Team 4. The ETC has processed just over three thousand since it opened in December so it shows how busy we have been.
Since my last blog we have had more survivors which is fantastic, one of them a young girl, four years of age, our youngest ever survivor at Makeni ETC! She came out wearing a pink Real Madrid football kit, with sparkly pink sunglasses. It’s the first survivor I’ve seen who has came out smiling from ear to ear, it was so heartwarming to see and something I’ll never forget!
This week in work has been pretty busy, Team 5 have arrived so we have been training them and passing on tips which will hopefully come in useful. I’m pretty jealous that they’ve just arrived, and they get to go on this unbelievable journey, I’ve loved every second of it, I’ve learned so much and met an amazing group of people!
Hopefully I will be able to fit in one more blog before I return home, so I shall speak to you soon! Thanks for taking the time to read this, it’s very much appreciated!