SAN DIEGO – A San Diego woman returned home after spending 6-weeks in Liberia during the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
Deborah Lindhold, president of “Foundation for Women,” frequently travels to Liberia to help women in 3rd world countries get funding for future businesses.
“Ebola is such an invisible killer. This is not just some small thing in Africa, it’s our human family being touched by this,” said Lindholm. “There is a complete distrust of everyone now … no one wants to touch anyone; there is no hugs, no handshakes.”
According to reports, the outbreak has taken the lives of more than 1,000 people.
“I have a 6-year-old namesake Debra and she would call me every day until I left on the August 8 and she would say ‘mommy go home until after Ebola,’” said Lindholm, who ended up being forced to leave Liberia. “The U.S. Department of State put out a warning to all nonessential people and Americans to leave the country.”
“The doorman Michael looked at me and said ‘Just pray that we will be alive when you come back,’” said Lindholm.
Lindholm said she can do more for the Liberian people by collecting bleach and other sanitary items to send back to Liberia. She believes it’s the only hope for keeping the exposure at bay.
“That alone will stop part of this … many healthcare workers have been affected and because so many have been affected they have closed many of the hospitals in the country out of their own fear of exposure,” said Lindholm.
“I am in touch with people in Liberia every day, every minute … I had options, people in Liberia have no options.”