Medical worker Teresa Romero of Madrid made headlines in October when she became the first known person outside of West Africa to contract Ebola. Although she was ultimately able to survive the infection, her life was forever changed. City officials decided to destroy her dog, Excalibur, over fears that he too may have been carrying the virus.
Romero, who described Excalibur as "the son I never had" was heartbroken, saying the death of her dog was the worst part of her ordeal.
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