An international inspiration tackling Ebola as a nurse on the frontline
Anne Carey is a nurse from Esperence in Western Australia. She is currently on her third assignment as a clinical nurse helping people survive Ebola near the town of Kenema and in the Kono district. Both are considered to be among the most seriously affected parts of Sierra Leone.
Anne was one of the first Australians to arrive in Sierra Leone and is one of 27 Australian Red Cross aid workers 6,100 local volunteers tackling Ebola in West Africa.
She has been on the front line in Africa since the outbreak of the Ebola virus, and has no regrets despite playing almost daily witness to suffering and fatality. Anne featured in a documentary on 60 Minutes revealing the horror and heartbreak of her work. She recalled the first patient she ever saw just as she had stepped inside a treatment centre, set up especially to treat Ebola patients.
‘I got dressed up in the protective suit and there was a mother with her four-week-old child, and that child as soon as I came into the centre it convulsed, so it fitted, and it proceeded to bleed from everywhere and it just bled to death,’ the nurse recalled.
When that young baby died that mother lost her seventh child.
The ‘violent and deadly virus’, which has threatened the population of West Africa, has seen already more than 23,000 people infected, with at least 10,000 known to have died from the causes of Ebola.
Anne started working with Red Cross about 10 years ago. Her previous assignments include missions to Lokichoggio on the Sudan/Kenya border, tending to war-wounded patients at the Red Cross Hospital and she was also stationed at Darfur, Sudan, in the local feeding centres.
Anne is raising funds for educational supplies in Sierra Leone. Donate to:
Rotary Club of Esperance Bay Anne Carey Ebola
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Account number 072765-1
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