No offense to hospitals, but their food doesn’t compare to a dinner from one of Omaha’s steakhouses.
A restaurant meal was to be delivered Tuesday night to Dr. Rick Sacra, the American missionary who is being treated in Omaha for the Ebola virus. Sacra, 51, has been in the biocontainment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center since Sept. 5. His condition has been improving and he is awaiting blood tests to see if he is virus-free.
Gene Dunn, the owner of Gorat’s Steak House at 49th and Center Streets, knows one of Sacra’s physicians, said Grant Mathey, Dunn’s partner. Dunn told the doctor that he would be glad to provide dinner to Sacra and his family sometime.
“We offered it as something we’d be glad to do if and when he’s ready,” Mathey said.
Someone from the hospital called and said Tuesday night would work, Mathey said. So Sacra, his wife, Debbie, and their eldest son, Max, each were to get a filet, baked potato and the trimmings.
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A hospital spokesman said Sacra has been off intravenous fluids and nutrition for a few days.
Sacra, who is from Massachusetts, contracted the virus while treating patients in Liberia. His latest blood tests were sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Monday. If tests show that he is free of the virus, he could be released this week.