Local doctor talks about life and Ebola in latest book

SAN ANTONIO -- Dr. Antonio Webb is an orthopedic surgeon working at University Hospital.

In his latest book called "Overcoming The Odds," he speaks of his childhood, life in the military, and his most recent trip to Liberia. He also said because of what he's seen, he feels medical authorities will be able to contain Ebola in the US.

"I just wanted to be that voice for the people, to inspire them and to show if I can do it you can also," said Dr. Antonio Webb.

This past April, Dr. Webb took his medical skills to Liberia, where he said his eyes were opened to the destitute conditions. "From seeing the lack of supplies, the gloves, the gowns, and goggles that were pretty much nonexistent," said Webb. "We were forced to improvise and to use whatever we could find to do our job."

He said he came across possible Ebola patients. "When I was there were there were six patients in Guinea and Sierra Leone who had Ebola and they were quarantined," said Dr. Webb. "I believe two of those actually escaped quarantined and were found dead in a village nearby."

Dr. Webb said he also experienced loss of his own during his time in Liberia. "I worked with three physicians who actually passed away from ebola," Dr. Webb said. "A couple of weeks after I returned I heard they got sick and passed away."

But Dr. Webb said he's optimistic about how the US is handling Ebola here at home. "Here in the US we have the appropriate resources. We have the manpower. We have the basically everything we need to handle such an outbreak. In Liberia that's definitely not the case," said Webb.

Read all about Dr. Webb's experiences overseas in "Overcoming The Odds," which comes out this December.


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