“Hero”: Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh story

Nigerian physician and endocrinologist Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh was the gift we all needed. She was there to prevent a global Ebola outbreak in the very nick of time giving her life to save ours. In July 2014 when the epidemic almost reached its peak Nigeria’s first Ebola patient left quarantine in Liberia and flew to Lagos to attend a meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He collapsed at the airport and was taken to a private hospital where Dr. Adadevoh worked. She got him tested; while waiting for the results the patient and Liberian government officials began insisting that Dr. Adadevoh discharge him so he could attend the conference. They threatened to sue her for kidnapping but she continued to resist. His Ebola diagnosis was later confirmed, and he died at the hospital. Dr. Adadevoh decisions allowed to successfully trace all possible contacts; there were 20 Ebola cases total. 11 were healthcare workers. 6 of those healthcare workers survived and 5 died, including Dr. Adadevoh.

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