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Ethical Questions Raised In Treatment Of Sierra Leone’s ‘Hero’ Doctor Who Died Of Ebola

Reuters: Sierra Leone ‘hero’ doctor’s death exposes slow Ebola response
“When two American aid workers recovered from Ebola after being treated with an experimental drug, the grieving family of Sierra Leone’s most famous doctor wondered why he had been denied the same treatment before he died from the deadly virus. … Staff agonized over the ethics of favoring one individual over hundreds of others and the risk of a popular backlash if the untried treatment was perceived as killing a national hero…” (Fofana/Flynn, 8/24).

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