Hello, my name is Craig Spencer. I am a physician and aid worker for Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF. I’m proud to be among the ranks of more than 3,300 Doctors Without Borders responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
I wanted to start by taking a moment to thank the medical team here at HHC Bellevue Hospital Center for the tremendous care and support they have provided to me to survive this virus. Since I was admitted on October 23, I have received an exceptional level of medical treatment, support, and encouragement from the whole medical and administrative team. I would especially like to thank Dr. Laura Evans, who has primarily managed my care since I first arrived and has been with me every day. Today I am healthy and no longer infectious.
My recovery from Ebola speaks to the effectiveness of the protocols in place for health staff returning from West Africa at the time of my infection. I am a living example of how those protocols work, and of how early detection and isolation is critical to both surviving Ebola and ensuring that it is not transmitted to others.
While my case has garnered international attention, it is important to remember that my infection represents but a fraction of the more than 13,000 reported cases to date in West Africa—the center of the outbreak, where families are being torn apart and communities destroyed.