Target: Director of Infectious Diseases at Emory University Hospital Dr. Bruce Ribner
Goal: Thank the hospital staff at Emory University Hospital for treating two patients suffering from Ebola
The Ebola outbreak has made news headlines for several weeks, as the infectious disease can be deadly if left untreated. There is no cure for the disease and many in Africa, where the outbreak originated, are dying due to lack of treatment. Two Americans, Dr. Keny Bently and Nancy Writebol were infected while working in Africa. Special arrangements were made to treat their illness, much to the chagrin of the public. While many believed that taking in such a dangerous case would spell disaster, those at Emory University Hospital rose up to the challenge and treated their patients. They should be praised and thanked for their dedication.
There is no cure for Ebola, a fact that worried that many citizens when Bently and Writebol were admitted back into America. The only known treatment is providing the patient with fluids, monitoring their vital signs and organs, treating any crisis that came up, and keeping them in an isolation unit so the disease wouldn’t spread. Those who have Ebola show symptoms of a fever, aches, diarrhea, and bleeding. The disease is spread through bodily fluids, such as blood, sweat, and feces. In more than 90% of Ebola cases left untreated, the patient will die. However, half of those who have the disease in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Guinea are receiving treatment and are surviving.
Emory University Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the United States equipped to handle an isolated outbreak like this. The patients are kept in an isolation unit that has been sanitized and disinfected. The doctors are from the Infectious Disease unit who are trained to deal with such an outbreak. While many citizens did not want the patients to be treated on American soil, doctors at Emory wanted to because it was their duty and they had the means to do so.
Doctors are unsure if the experimental drug ZMapp cured the patients. Dr. Ribner, who is the director of the Infectious Disease unit, stated that he and his staff are not sure if the drug helped at all. Whether the drug worked or not, the hospital staff should be praised and thanked for their devotion to their patients, especially when public opinion was not on their side.
Dear Dr. Ribner,
I am writing this letter to thank you and your hospital staff for treating Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. These two Americans who were working in Africa were infected with Ebola, and many were wondering what the United States was going to do about their predicament. I am grateful that you took in these patients and treated them to the best of your ability. Not only are they cured and well enough to be released, but your hospital was able to obtain information regarding the infectious disease.
As doctors I am glad that you upheld one of the core values of your profession, and that is helping those in need. I hope the work you’ve conducted on these two patients will be vital for current and future cases.
[Your Name Here]
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