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Whenever a doctor enters the Ebola medical center treatment area in Beni, the support staff writes his name on the protective cover section that covers the forehead.

It is something necessary because it can be difficult to distinguish every doctor under their masks and multiple layers of biological risk equipment.

The doctors who contract the Ebola have their names written on their protective suits
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The doctors who contract the Ebola have their names written on their protective suits

However, Dr. Kambale Philemon does not need his signed name for his suit because everyone knows who he is.

The 46-year-old is a surviving Ebola.

The dott. Philemon signed Ebola last November while working in the emergency room of a general hospital in Beni, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Dr Kambale Philemon signed Ebola last November
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Dr Kambale Philemon signed Ebola last November

When the blood tests returned, he knew his chances of survival were poor.

He said: "First of all it struck me that this could be Ebola because I had never felt so bad, so I asked for a blood test.

"The other doctors had their doubts – & # 39; you can't have the ebola, they said – but as I felt, it could only be the Ebola.

"When the result came back it was positive."

The dott. Philemon signed Ebola last November while working in the emergency room of the general hospital of the city of Beni
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Dr. Philemon contracted Ebola while working in a Beni hospital

I told him it had to be scary. He replied: "Yes, the fear is enormous because you are between life and death".

Dr. Philemon was lucky, he says, because his wife and daughters were on vacation at the time and could easily infect them.

However, as a doctor, he knew his future was bleak. He said: "I was put in a cube (treatment tent) and the first five days were not easy because I was completely lost.

"Only after that time did I begin to recover my memory and recognize the members of my family".

Dr. Philemon says that when he was sick he didn't recognize his own family
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Dr. Philemon says that when he was sick he didn't recognize his own family

We were filming at the treatment center – run by the ALIMA medical association – and I currently remember asking Dr. Philemon a question through the transparent plastic wall of his cube.

However, the attending physician said he was too weak to talk.

Dr. Philemon says he was completely lost for the first five days of treatment.
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Dr. Philemon says that for the first five days of treatment he was "completely lost"

The last day of our visit, we went to say goodbye – but the doctor's cube was empty and a health worker told us he was dead.

It was with a mixture of euphoria and surprise when we learned that Dr. Philemon had actually survived.

He offered us a smile – and a chuckle – when we visited him at his home in Beni.

"When I got home I was welcomed by everyone throughout the neighborhood," he said. "The complex (home) was full of joy because people thought I was dead, there were many voices around".

As a survivor of the Ebola virus, the doctor is immune to future infections and has been deployed in the same treatment center as he was a patient.

The hours are brutal – Dr. Philemon says he works every day – but Beni is at the center of this epidemic.

We looked at the doctor when he entered cube number five and found a woman named Kavira who was completely insensitive.

He called a drip and oxygen – then a resuscitator – while the relatives from the woman's anxious appearance watched from the other side of the cube.

It took him three hours to stabilize the patient and we found him later, soaked with sweat, while the support staff took off his protective clothing.

The husband and son of a woman named Kavira anxiously await news after contracting Ebola
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Anxious relatives of a woman wait for news out of her cubicle

I asked, "Why do you work here when you almost lost your life here?"

He replied: "I took an oath and I have compassion for people who are sick, I want to save lives, this is my oath and this is my job and I love it".

Dr. Philemon understands what his patients are going through.

He knows in a way that few others could ever understand and will do everything possible to keep them alive.

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