Saturday, 16 June 2018

Jubilation in Congo as Catholic priest infected with Ebola survives (photos)

 There was jubilation in the rural community of Itipo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo when the Rev. Lucien Ambunga, the Catholic priest who became infected with Ebola, survived the deadly virus.

Father Ambunga, who was diagnosed with Ebola last month, was taken to the Ebola treatment center at the general hospital in Bikoro, where he was placed in quarantine.

After his quick recovery, he returned to Itipo last Friday and was greeted by a cheerful crowd, who carried him on his shoulders and sang "This year's hero is Courage (Father Ambunga's nickname)".

According to reports, the Catholic priest celebrated his first mass on Sunday (June 10) since returning to his parish on June 8, after recovering from Ebola.

In a statement to WHO, he said: "I can not explain it to you now, Madame, it's too much for me," said Father Lucien. "What I can say, what is in my heart, is joy."

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