I can't imagine that it was deliberate?! That would be enough, I silently hoped, to handle whatever challenges lay ahead. In America, he was nothing more than a physician-in-training; incomplete and without proper licensure. With the country in complete upheaval and working conditions suffering, he is forced to make life-and-death decisions alone as a never-ending onslaught of contagious patients flood the hospital. We humans that have running water, endless supply of nourishing food, health care, technology and numerous medical staff available for our call and assistance; accept what we feel is our right, but could be lost in a disaster in a moment. While there he ends up working in - and, for a time, running - the only medical facility in the world dedicated to helping sufferers of this awful disease. I had finished three years of medical school and a year of public heath, in addition to studying extensively before leaving.
How could I have been? Of the polarity of medical care where there are no supplies for things he takes for granted. At times there was some concern about the security situation because all of those things were very quickly changing but I think that a lot of the fears that I saw were in the eyes of the Liberian refugees. I definitely identified with his point of view, and really appreciated his ability to put it into words. Based on his personal journal, this gripping memoir details the time Ross spent on the Lassa Ward, and his own battle with a potentially fatal illness. He was a skilled doctor who could easily find work somewhere, anywhere else. He is also the critically acclaimed author of , a memoir about international humanitarian work and, among other honors, been a recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the and named Top Los Angeles Emergency and Trauma Doctor from the.
Ross Donaldson Danger within the dangers of war The Sierra Leone Civil War broke out in March 1991, as the Revolutionary United Front attempted to overthrow President Joseph Momoh, a former major-general who won a 1985 election in which he was the lone candidate. Maybe I'm being petty but I thought it was a careless mistake and it devalued the book for me. When in the States, he resides in Venice Beach, California. Most recently, he has been working in Iraq to strengthen their emergency medical system. This review is available to non-members for a limited time. The writing is not top notch, and yet Donaldson certainly gets his points across and manages to convey the meaning beyond the actual events of his two months in Sierra Leone, as well as what befalls him when he reaches home.
The driver continued to chat up the waitress, leaving Mikhail and me to ourselves. I'm very sad that Dr. What am I doing here? My main fear for most of the time described in the book was getting Lassa Fever. Just when you are at your weakest and least able to make all the phone calls, traverse the maze of insurance, and plead for health-care referrals is that one time when you have to your life may depend on it. The Lassa Ward is more than just an adventure story about the making of a physician; it is a portrait of the Sierra Leone people and the human struggle of those risking their daily comforts and lives to aid them. That was my main fear.
In the summer of 2003, a perilous helicopter descent delivered Ross Donaldson, an American medical student in his twenties, into Sierra Leone. It was a far cry from the fortified labs that typically analyze viruses like Lassa. Insightful and amazing read about an American doctor's experience working in Africa and dealing with the Lassa virus; one of the deadliest viruses known to man. Limited merely to memories of Eve's earthly suffering, I saw only darkness grow around her while hoping in the depths of my heart that I had made the right decision. Their spirits and hopes are the same as any other. I knew that my trip was risky, some had told me even foolish, but the mix of danger and adventure surrounding the mysterious virus compelled me toward it.
As I had researched the trip, I learned that the Freetown physician to whom Mikhail referred had contracted Lassa from a patient returning from southern Sierra Leone, where the disease is endemic. The Lassa Ward is more than just an adventure story about the making of a physician; it is a portrait of the Sierra Leone people and the human struggle of those risking their daily comforts and lives to aid them. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. For a moment, I gazed out in the distance, where a setting sun outlined jungle-covered mountains. Ross for your efforts and giving heart and soul to the Lassa Ward. By 1996, a big portion of funding for the ward came from Medical Emergency Relief International, or Merlin, a British non-profit health charity specializing in conflict zones.
Despite having held numerous medical jobs and having gone through much of the long schooling, being a patient was a side of medicine with which I had little experience. Donaldson also read passages from his book and responded to questions from members of the audience. The Lassa virus was not the only thing he had to fear; Ross struggled with many of his own insecurities as well. Their spirits and hopes are the same as any other. This book is more about his experience of the chasm between cultures and the completely different mind set of the people there. Overall I really liked this book.
He who was the least has now become the greatest; the tables have This was quite an enjoyable, smooth, and moving read. When I got on the plane to leave for Sierra Leone, I thought I was well prepared. But it was hard to imagine any thief brave enough to venture. In that regard, in providing provocative food for thought, I believe the author did a fantastic job. But I think when you can see the story through one person's eyes, one kid's eyes, or you just get that personal reaction, then people really start get it. Conteh, a physician who has made Lassa fever his specialty, Donaldson sees the devastation caused not only by Lassa, but hunger, war, and other diseases in the African nation.
We soon pulled off the road and parked next to a small porch, where an anemic light guarded a few empty tables. Soon however, he is not only fighting for others but himself when he becomes afflicted with a life threatening disease. As I tried to come to terms with what it meant to have suddenly entered such a trauma-ridden land, Mikhail interrupted my uneasy thoughts. But the past can never be changed. There, he had his first terrifying encounter with the highly contagious Lassa Virus. Eventually, he wound up in Kenema and began treating war victims at a small clinic.
Fix problems, the big man answered. Soon however, he is not only fighting for others but himself when he becomes afflicted with a life threatening disease. The men, women, and children are lost because of them, its true, but also because of me. It's hard to believe that there were success stories within the circles of poverty he was working. Intrepid medical-school student confronts a deadly virus decimating West Africa.