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      Lest We Forget: A Doctor's Experience with Life & Death During the Ebola Outbreak with Dr. Kwan Kew Lai in Los Angeles


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      May 27, 2019

      Monday   7:30 PM

      453 South Spring Street
      Los Angeles, California 90013

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      Lest We Forget: A Doctor's Experience with Life & Death During the Ebola Outbreak with Dr. Kwan Kew Lai

      Note: Your ticket includes - and is the same price as - the book. The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Dr. Kwan Kew Lai who will discuss her book debut, Lest We Forget: A Doctor's Experience with Life and Death during the Ebola Outbreak. Join us to learn about her time volunteering during the greatest Ebola outbreak in history when she spent three months caring for Ebola patients in Liberia and Sierra Leone.   In 2014, after fighting through yards of bureaucratic red tape, leaving her family, and putting her own health at risk in order to help suffering strangers, Kwan Kew Lai finally arrived in Africa to volunteer as an infectious disease specialist in the heart of the largest Ebola outbreak in history. What she found was not only blistering heat, inhospitable working conditions, and deadly, unrelenting illness, but hope, resilience, and incredible courage.   Lest We Forget chronicles the harrowing and inspiring time spent serving on the front lines of the ongoing Ebola outbreak—the complicated Personal Protective Equipment, the chlorine-scented air, the tropical heat, and the heartbreaking difficulties of treating patients she could not touch. Dr. Lai interweaves original diary entries to create a gripping narrative about life, death, and human relationships that will leave no reader unmoved.   Lest We Forget exposes the raw brutality of Ebola, as well as the chaotic nature of the undersupplied and understaffed health infrastructure in the developing world. At once a memoir of triumphs and failures and a memorial, this book will ensure that the victims of Ebola and the fighters who sought to heal them will not be forgotten. Kwan Kew Lai is an infectious disease specialist. More than a decade ago, after first volunteering in the aftermath of the South Asian tsunami, she left her position as a full-time professor of medicine and now divides her time between practicing clinical medicine and aiding with disaster relief in various parts of the world. Seeing the horrific effects of the Ebola outbreak on the people of West Africa, she felt a moral obligation to be both a participant and a witness of the efforts to stamp out this epidemic. Recently she volunteered in Greece in refugee camps for refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and the Sub-Saharan Africa and in the biggest refugee camp in the world for the Rohingya in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.     All events are subject to cancellation, so please check back.

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