RI man sickened with Ebola back in US

By: Melissa Randall
mrandall@abc6.com

The Rhode Island man sickened with Ebola has arrived in the U.S. for treatment. Monday morning a plane carrying Ashoka Mukpo, 33, of Providence, stopped to refuel at a Maine airport before continuing on to Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo will begin the fight for his life at the Nebraska Medical Center.

He will be cured for by a team of forty plus doctors with the Biocontainment Unit there. The hospital has already cured Massachusetts doctor Rick Sacra of the virus, an encouraging sign for Mukpo.

“The facility here at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is a 10 bed facility that now has experience with an Ebola patient and has drilled for these issues for over a decade. So I think that given that we were chosen to e next up to accept a patient,” said Dr. Ali  Khan of the NMC.

Mukpo caught the deadly Ebola virus while working as a free lance photographer in Liberia. His parents say their son was aware of the risks when he went over there. They are expected to join him in Nebraska.

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