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Dad: US video journalist with Ebola improving

October 13, 2014

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — The American video journalist being treated for Ebola in Nebraska is showing signs of improvement, family members and hospital officials said Monday.

Dr. Mitchell Levy told The Associated Press that his son, 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo, has been improving in recent days and currently has no symptoms of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Levy said everyone is “really, really pleased with his progress.”

Mukpo contracted Ebola in West Africa. He arrived at Nebraska Medical Center on Oct. 6 after being flown back to the U.S. to be treated at the Omaha hospital’s specialized unit.

Shelly Schwedhelm, nursing director of the hospital’s biocontainment unit, said Mukpo is sitting up, eating food and drinking liquids. She also said he’s conversing with staff.

Levy said his son also is posting on Facebook and Twitter.

Mukpo’s friends are turning to crowdsourcing to help pay for what they say is expected to be more than $500,000 in medical bills.

Ashoka Mukpo contracted Ebola while covering the crisis in Liberia. He was working for NBC News as a cameraman when he was diagnosed.

NBC and the VICE Media Group say they’re coordinating to assist in paying for his medical care. NBC has said it wants a solution where he and his family won’t have to pay anything.

A fundraiser on the website Gofundme had raised more than $47,000 by Monday afternoon, with more than 650 donations.

The fundraising page says Mukpo’s travelers’ insurance doesn’t cover his treatment.

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