Mamadee, 11, lost his sister to the Ebola disease and also tested positive but he did not let it put him down. He became an inspiration to other patients, dancing Azonto to entertain them... and he survived!
Sometimes, the prospect of death is not enough to kill the will to live in a strong human spirit.
This is the story of an 11-year-old Liberian, identified as 'Mamadee', who dances for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients despite also being a victim of the dreaded disease.
Mamadee is one of the patients in the area for Ebola-confirmed patients in the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Case Management Center in Foya, Liberia.
Sadly, the little boy's sister is one of those who did not survive the disease.
But instead of being gloomy, Mamadee became an inspiration to other patients, dancing the popular Azonto dance to lift their spirits.
His energy is endless.
And the story has a happy ending...he survived and is not Ebola free.
According to the Center for Disease Control, Liberia is one of the worst hit by the EVD with a total case count of 3280, leading to a total of 1677 deaths.