In "Heart of Darkness", why does the Russian nurse Kurtz through two illnesses?

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The Russian's doting on Mr. Kurtz is evidence of Kurtz's inexplicable power over others. Kurtz has managed to achieve a near godlike existence in the middle of the Congo. He has become a brute, a misogynist, and a deeply selfish man. He has won over the black African natives, and it could be argued that Kurtz's influence over a white Russian man proves to the reader that Kurtz's influence is more real or universal. The Russian's care of Kurtz is great evidence for a racial analysis of the novel.