Wednesday, February 11, 2015

At the White House

Last week, Rick received an invitation to attend an event at the White House in honor of those Americans who have been a part of the battle against Ebola in West Africa.  As it happened, he was already flying through Dulles Airport, outside DC, the day before so he could simply stay there an extra day before coming home. He warned them he was coming from Liberia, but the CDC gave him a letter that said he was not at risk for Ebola, since he has antibodies against it.  No problem, they said.

So this afternoon, Rick stood on the podium with the President and many members of the US Health Corps and other volunteers who have worked in West Africa in the past few months. The President stated that the help the US gave was effective, and would continue for another 90 days.  He also recognized that ongoing help would be needed to help rebuild the fragile health care system of these countries.  This work was not charity, he noted, it was in the self-interest of the United States to help eradicate Ebola and prevent another crisis of this nature. 

You can listen to his remarks at Ebola Update Press Conference Feb. 11, 2015
The press conference begins at 39:00 and there is a shout out to Rick, specifically at around 47:55. He got to shake the President's hand at the end, but on the video it cuts for some reason.

Cool, huh?  Even cooler, I will be picking him up at the airport in just a few hours.  Won't he be surprised at the snow? 

More from Rick in a few days. Thanks for praying!!


Nebraska MedCenter said...

Awesome honor for Dr. Sacra. And when the President says we provided world-class care, it was a pretty good day for us too!

Steve Pennings said...

You're a good man Dr. Sacra!