On 1st February 2015, whilst evaluating the Feeding Program run by CODEP in Waterloo, Mrs Marion Morgan, on visiting the children in the community in their homes on behalf of SLWT, saw a child aged 5, who looked sick - very emaciated and small for his age; they called him Salman Kamara aka Salieu. She was concerned.
At the end of the visits, Mrs Morgan suggested to the team that they visit Salman Kamara again; he was identified as “a Sickler”, i.e. someone suffering with Sickle Cell Anaemia.  It was clear he needed immediate medical attention.  Mrs Morgan said “He was looking so ill that I asked Rosetta for us to make a report at the Waterloo community hospital.”  Rosetta is the CODEP employee running the Feeding Program.  Although it was past 5PM and the hospital had closed, the Matron was kind enough to get the surveillance bike (the Ebola Holding Centre is next door) to go to the address to bring Salieu to the hospital for her to examine.  Mrs Morgan returned to Freetown.

On arriving in Freetown Mrs Morgan received a phone call from the Matron informing her that the surveillance driver had returned to say there was no sick person at that address.  It was obvious, Salieu’s guardian saw the surveillance bike and hid the boy – surveillance bikes are associated with Ebola.  Mrs Morgan phoned Rosetta and insisted she go to the house the next morning and speak to the Salieu's guardian. 

Rosetta did, and the next morning 3rd February, Salieu and his grandmother were brought by ambulance to the Ola During Children’s Hospital in Freetown and he was admitted.

It took some searching on Wednesday morning (4th February) before Mrs Morgan was able to locate Salieu and his grandmother at the hospital.  They had both been put in isolation because they had come from Waterloo which is one of the Ebola hotspots.  They had been tested for Ebola and had to wait for 2 days for the results.  Fortunately, they were both Ebola negative.

On Friday 6th February, when Mrs Morgan visited Salieu again; she was informed that he had Pulmonary Tuberculosis and had been admitted to the treatment centre.

On Tuesday 17th February, Mrs Morgan visited the Waterloo community and to her surprise Salieu was at his home.  His grandmother was very happy with his progress and reported that they go for treatment on Thursdays.  The head of the community in which Salieu lives, was quick to point out that they had relocated Salieu to a more suitable house to the one he lived prior to going into hospital.  

“You should have seen Salieu running to come and greet me, fortunately I had a small gift for him!” said Mrs Morgan.


Salieu is just one child out of millions whose lives have been impacted by Ebola

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