‘What’s shocking is how Ebola patients look before they die’: British doctor working in Sierra Leone describes the horror of deadly disease

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‘The heat of the suits is quickly overwhelming, as your goggles steam up and you feel the sweat dripping underneath. And the smell of chlorine is intense.’

Dr Johnson, 28, is working in Freetown as part of the King’s Health Partners scheme. The initiative is a partnership between Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley Trusts as well as King’s College London.

He added: ‘What shocking is how healthy the patients look before they die and how quickly they decline.

‘A number of the Ebola patients I’ve seen look quite fit and healthy and can be walking around until shortly before their deaths.’

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