Some stories defy your emotions, making it hard to decide which part is paramount.
In this one, for example, how does one react to a gruesome version of paying it forward?
A man in Kyakabugahya LCI in Kagadi Town, Uganda, allegedly needed to steal a cell phone so badly that he went into a hospital -- where, perhaps, the marks are easy.
The alleged thief, aged 40, reportedly got past security at the Kagadi Hospital in the middle of the night and stole the phone from a patient who was fighting the Ebola virus. Yes, this was the isolation ward.
The patient (who has since reportedly died) informed the police and the phone was tracked.
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Here's the twist. The thief allegedly began to experience Ebola symptoms and went back to the hospital. This time, he didn't need a phone, he needed treatment.
Perhaps overcome by his condition, he reportedly confessed to stealing the phone, which was worth around $24.
The hospital told the Daily Monitor that it is waiting for test results to confirm that he has, indeed, been infected.
The virus -- whose symptoms may include hemorrhaging, rashes, and a deterioration of the central nervous system -- has already killed 16 people in the area. (I have embedded a news report of the outbreak.)
Please choose your own moral for this story.