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Below is an update from Ashoka's family to the Shambala Times:

"Ashoka has been steadily improving over the past 48 hours. He has been symptom-free during that time and is steadily increasing his physical strength and spirits. His appetite has returned and he is asking for food. His spirits are much more uplifted and continue to steadily improve. The team taking care of him in Nebraska now feels he has turned the corner and with time will make a full recovery.

The outpouring of concern and love for Ashoka has been moving for our family. We have felt deeply nurtured and protected by the love and prayers that have come our way. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the entire Shambhala community for this demonstration of the power of basic goodness."

Ashoka Mukpo is a 33 year old freelance journalist, photographer, and former advocate working in Liberia with a local NGO, focusing on land development and workers’ rights.   Aside from the work that he does, he is a son, brother, uncle, fiance, friend and an inspiration to many. 

 While working in Liberia during the previous two years, Ashoka developed a strong connection to the people and their culture. Hearing of the crisis unfolding in a place where he was so warmly welcomed, and understanding the potential consequences, he was compelled to return in order to document and display to the rest of the world what was happening.  

Ashoka contracted Ebola while coving the outbreak of the disease in Liberia.  It is unclear exactly how he became infected but he believes it may have been while helping sanitize a car in which someone had died. Ashoka self-quarantined after feeling weak and achy, and a short time later tested positive for the Ebola virus at a treatment center run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Monrovia. Ashoka received care in Monrovia until he was transported back to the United States on Sunday, October 5th.  He is now recieving world class care at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

We are reaching out to help cover the enormous projected cost of Ashoka’s medical care, and to allow for his family to aid in, and properly support him during his recovery.  It is anticipated at this time that Ashoka's medical expenses and family support will exceed $500,000.  We are very grateful to the US government and the doctors, nurses and support staff who have provided Ashoka with such excellent care.  We have every reason to believe that Ashoka will make a full recovery and return to his great work helping those around the world.

Thank you in advance for your generous donation and please keep Ashoka and his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

NBC freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo who contracted Ebola in Liberia, is shown in this family photo released on October 6, 2014. Mukpo, the fifth American to contract Ebola in West Africa, arrived in the United States for treatment on Monday as the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil fought for his life at a Dallas hospital, officials said. A private plane carrying Mukpo, who contracted Ebola in Liberia, landed in Omaha and was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center. REUTERS/Mitchell Levy/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH MEDIA) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
NBC freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo who contracted Ebola in Liberia, is shown in this 
family photo released on October 6, 2014.

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