Kelly Simms, daughter of Doc Simms, was life-flighted to Central City Medical Center last week when doctors at Knotty Pine Hospital could not determine what disease was sapping the life from the young woman.
Doctors in Central City were equally dumbfounded by this mystery illness until a group of interns was introduced to Kelly's case. One of the student doctors was a native of Uganda. He suggested that Kelly's symptoms - high fever, lethargy and bruising; looked similar to the Ebola virus he had seen in Africa.
A team from the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) was called in immediately. Doc Simms confirmed that Kelley had indeed traveled to Africa on a mountain climbing trip, but over six weeks earlier.
CDC tests soon confirmed that Kelly did contract a hemorrhagic fever, Marburg Virus. Ebola, dengue fever, and Marburg are all diseases in this family. These illnesses attack the capillaries, the body's smallest and finest blood vessels. The capillaries burst causing bleeding that looks like bruises and slowly starve the major organs resulting in death. There is no known vaccine and antibiotics are usually not effective. 80% of patients with Marburg die of the disease.
Doc Simms is asking for prayer for Kelly because only God has the power to heal his daughter.