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Meet Dr. Stella, the Physician Who Risked Her Life to Stop the Ebola Virus from Spreading in Nigeria

The golden maxim “Not all heroes wear capes” wasn’t just made out of thin air. Some people in this world we live in love helping others, even if they know that it would cost them their lives – and among such courageous persons is Dr. Stella Adadevoh, who is a Nigerian Physician.

Back in 2014 when the Ebola virus became deadly in most parts of Africa, Nigeria wasn’t yet affected. But then a Liberian named Patrick Sawyer traveled to Nigeria to attend a business conference meeting in Calabar, the normal medical procedure was that if anyone travels to another country, he or she should be diagnosed. When Mr. Patrick Sawyer arrived in Nigeria he was diagnosed by Dr. Adadevoh as Nigeria’s first case of Ebola, despite his persistence that it was simply a bad case of malaria.

Dr. Stella Adadevoh helped saved Nigeria from the widespread of the virus by isolating Mr. Patrick Sawyer, despite pressure from the Liberian government to discharge him to attend the conference. At the time when these events took place, Nigerian doctors were on strike which could have led to serious crises if not for the professionalism of Dr. Stella Adadevoh. Sadly, she passed away on August 19, 2014, after she tested positive for the virus on August 4, 2014 (May her soul rest in perfect peace - Amen).

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