Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Craig Spencer, the last remaining U.S. patient with Ebola, was released from Bellevue Hospital in New York City Tuesday Veterans day November 11th, With plenty of hugs and congratulations.

Spencer, 33, was infected with Ebola while working with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF or Doctors Without Borders) in Guinea.

“Today I am healthy and no longer infectious,” Spencer told a cheering crowd gathered in the lobby of the landmark hospital where he was treated for 19 day.

"It is a good feeling to hug a hero and we have a hero here in our midst," Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference as he embraced Spencer.

"Dr. Spencer is Ebola-free, and New York City is Ebola-free."

"I cried as I held children" who had Ebola who were not strong enough to battle the virus, Spencer said.

He witnessed families torn apart and entire communities destroyed and felt "immense joy" when family members who survived returned his kindness by inviting him into their homes. Spencer said that while he was in the hospital battling the virus, his friends called him from Guinea and asked how they could help him.

"They are the true heroes that we are not talking about," he said.

He also said that early detection and reporting of symptoms worked in his situation and that should illustrate the importance of sticking to protocols that health professionals worldwide are urging to bring Ebola under control.

There have been 13,268 reported Ebola cases in eight affected countries since the outbreak began, with 4,960 reported deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The vast majority of these cases have been in three West African countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Hug from the mayor

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed Spencer back to his "normal life." Spencer stood beside the mayor. De Blasio urged him to give the mayor's wife a hug. Then, de Blasio and Spencer embraced. It's a "good feeling to hug a hero," de Blasio said.

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