The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 September 2014
Dr Buck is said to be very sick, but currently stable, though doctors are anxious about her prognosis, as the international community have so far failed to attempt to save the life of every single doctor that has contracted the virus in Sierra Leone.
Three senior doctors have been left to die – Dr. Khan, Dr. Modupe Cole, and Dr. Rogers.
Friends, colleagues and family members of Dr. Buck are working frantically to get WHO to help fly Dr. Buck out of Sierra Leone, so that she can receive treatment in Hamburg, where a hospital is willing to treat her.
But Dr. Buck’s family are desperately trying to raise the cost of her treatment, which is believed to be in the region of 300,000 Euros.
The Sierra Leone Telegraph is trying to contact the Bill Gates Foundation to request humanitarian assistance that could save Dr. Buck’s life.
In the meantime, it is understood that Lumley Hospital has been closed until further notice, as doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are gripped with fear and shock at the news of Dr. Buck’s illness.
A colleague of Dr. Buck working at the Lumley Hospital makes this desperate humanitarian appeal:
“My colleague Dr. Buck is one of the most dedicated and determined physicians that I know. She had worked for over 20 years as a teacher before entering medical school, and finally graduating the same year as me in 2002.
“Dr. Buck is a patriot and focused individual. She is soon to be (or perhaps already) a member of the West African College of Physicians. One of the few to recently challenge this position. She is a mother of three and a dedicated Christian.
“She also unfortunately happens to be the first female physician to be infected in Sierra Leone with the Ebola virus. We all need her to win this battle, so as to give us doctors – hope and faith that our country won’t let us down in this battle. Other countries have recorded victories in saving the lives of their doctors, and so can we.”
Appeals are being made to the international community – WHO, the Bill Gates Foundation, and others, to help save the life of Dr. Buck before it’s too late.
Please Mr. Bill Gates and Mrs Miranda Gates, help our doctor, sister, mother, colleague and friend, help Sierra Leone. We need 300,000 Euros to fly Dr. Buck out of Sierra Leone and to pay for her treatment in Hamburg!