‘Ebola and Its Aftermath’

WWU alumnus and surgeon Gillian Seton to speak for CommUnity

Gillian Seton will present, “Inglorious Survival: Ebola and Its Aftermath,” on Tuesday, March 1, at 11 a.m. in the University Church for the Walla Walla University weekly CommUnity program. Seton will talk about her experience working at the Seventh-day Adventist Cooper Hospital in Liberia during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Seton graduated with a degree in humanities from Walla Walla University in 2004. She then studied general surgery at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and joined the Deferred Missions Appointee program with the intention of working in global medicine abroad after her residency. Seton completed her surgical residency at the University of Utah and spent the next six months on the faculty of U of U working with experienced mentors and shadowing specialists in preparation for the medical and surgical demands of a low-resource country. In February 2014, Seton arrived at the SDA Cooper Hospital in Liberia, Africa, just before the Ebola outbreak hit the country. The medical needs during the outbreak overwhelmed the hospital.

A year later, the hospital is still experiencing periodic outbreaks of the virus, but is beginning to slowly emerge from the devastation of the outbreak. Seton plans to remain in Liberia for at least another three years.

Read more about the initial days of Seton’s 2014 experience with the Ebola outbreak in Liberia in the Fall 2014 issue of the WWU magazine, Westwind.

This program is free and open to the public. The University Church is located at 212 SW Fourth St., College Place.

Posted Feb. 17, 2016

Gillian Seton graduated with a degree in humanities from Walla Walla University in 2004.