On the night of July 20th, 2014, Adaora was the doctor on call when Patrick Sawyer was wheeled into the Emergency Room at First Consultants Medical Centre, Obalende, Lagos, with severe complaints of fever and body weakness.
On Friday the 25th of July, Dr. Ada certified Patrick dead and only days later on Friday, the 1st of August, she had her first day of fever, and a test was carried out on Saturday, 2nd of August.
The 3rd of August 2014 would always remain fresh in her memory as that was the day Dr. Ada was informed that she had contracted the Ebola disease.
She underwent series and series of test, living daily not knowing if she would survive the disease but amazingly, she did.
She however did not take her second chance at life for granted- since then, she dedicated her life to the research, treatment, and prevention of future epidemics, going on to the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine to acquire more knowledge of epidemics..
According to the brilliant young lady, “Ebola is going to come back. It may not be next year or the next five years. But it will come back. I know I was sick for a reason. There’s a lot more I have to do.”
Adaora, on Thursday, the 5th of January was Named As One Of Bill Gates‘ 5 “Heroes in the Field.” as a recognition of the courage and strength she has shown in helping Ebola patients and making sure more people survive.
We have her story below