Cherokee Nation nurse returns from Ebola efforts in West Africa

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and W.W. Hastings Hospital CEO Brian Hail welcome back Cmdr. Dana Hayworth at a reception on March 2. Photo from Cherokee Nation

Dana Hayworth, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, spent nearly two months in West Africa, helping fight the deadly Ebola virus.

Hayworth, a nurse who works at the W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, volunteered to serve in Liberia. She assisted other health care workers to make sure they didn't contract the disease.

"Like our Native people, the Liberian people have a lot of strong ties to culture, customs, family and community," Hayworth said in a press release. "They took care of each other. It was awesome to see their resiliency in the face of this horrible disease.”

After returning to Oklahoma, Hayworth spent 21 days in limited isolation before returning to work at the hospital.

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