‘She Made The Ultimate Sacrifice’, Late Doctor’s Sister Opens Up

Late Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh made the call to keep infected Liberian, Patrick Sawyer confined at the First Consultant Medical Center in Obalende, Lagos and in so doing risked her life, contracted Ebola and died of the disease on August 19, 2014.

Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh is remembered by Nigerians as the woman whose efforts aided the speedy containment of Ebola in the country.

The late doctor made the call to keep infected Liberian, Patrick Sawyer confined at the First Consultant Medical Center in Obalende, Lagos and in so doing risked her life, contracted Ebola and died of the disease on August 19, 2014.

Her sister Ama, who is resident in Pennsylvania, US and is also a doctor, spoke to 6 ABC on her sister’s ultimate sacrifice.

She said:

"She was very courageous, but unfortunately paid the ultimate sacrifice with her life when she passed away from the disease. He (Sawyer) denied having any contact with anybody who had Ebola and he said he wanted to be discharged because he had come to Nigeria to attend a conference."

"The patient and the Liberian government put my sister under tremendous pressure to discharge him and they said they would sue her because she was violating his human rights," she added.

"I'm upset that the country unfortunately wasn't ready for the outbreak and she paid the price.”

She also spoke on the pain of losing her sister and the joy she feels that the late doctor is being hailed as a hero.

"It comforts me a little bit. There's still a lot of pain because she's gone and the loss is deep. I feel my life with never be the same without my sister. But the fact that she's being recognized as a hero gives me a lot of comfort," she said.

Dr. Ama Adadevoh also expressed the hope that her sister's story would make the world realize that the Ebola scourge must be fought in West Africa to keep it from spreading around the globe.

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