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Mystery Emory Ebola patient comes forward

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Dr. Ian Crozier, 44, says he is the American doctor who was treated for the Ebola virus at Emory University Hospital in early September. Crozier, who initially asked the hospital not to release his identity to protect his family's privacy, says he is speaking out to thank Emory for the care he received and to drive attention to the Ebola epidemic.

Crozier, who contracted the disease while working in Sierra Leone, granted his first interviews to The New York Times, and gave the newspaper permission to interview his doctors.

The paper reports his account offers glimpses of the hardships and dangers faced by doctors and nurses who volunteered to fight an epidemic that has claimed the lives of more than 330 healthcare workers.

Dr. Jay B. Varkey, an infectious-disease specialist who treated Crozier at Emory, told The New York Times, "Ian was by far the sickest patient with Ebola virus that we've cared for at Emory."

Reports the NYT, "Doctors say his recovery has taught them that aggressive treatments, even life-support measures like ventilators and dialysis, can save some Ebola patients."

Dr. Bruce S. Ribner, who leads the Emory team, told the paper that until recently the general practice was not to bother intubating Ebola patients or put them on dialysis, because if they got that sick they were going to die.