FLASHBACK: How Sawyer passed Ebola on to Dr. Ada Igonoh… and how she survived

FLASHBACK: How Sawyer passed Ebola on to Dr. Ada Igonoh… and how she survived
July 20
12:21 2015
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I kept encouraging myself. This could not be the end for me. Five days after I was admitted, the vomiting stopped. A day after that, the diarrhoea ceased. I was overwhelmed with joy. It happened at a time I thought I could no longer stand the ORS. Drinking that fluid had stretched my endurance greatly.

I knew countless numbers of people were praying for me. Prayer meetings were being held on my behalf. My family was praying day and night. Text messages of prayers flooded my phones from family members and friends. I was encouraged to press on. With the encouragement I was receiving, I began to encourage the others in the ward. We decided to speak life and focus on the positive. I then graduated from drinking only the ORS fluid to eating only bananas, to drinking pap and then bland foods. Just when I thought I had the victory, I suddenly developed a severe fever. The initial fever had subsided four days after I was admitted, and then suddenly it showed up again. I thought it was the Ebola. I enquired from Dr. David who said fever was sometimes the last thing to go, but he expressed surprise that it had stopped only to come back on again. I was perplexed.

I discussed it with my pastor who said it could be a separate pathology and possibly a symptom of malaria. He promised he would research if indeed this was Ebola or something else. That night as I stared at the dirty ceiling, I felt a strong impression that the new fever I had developed was not as a result of Ebola but malaria. I was relieved. The following morning, Dr. Ohiaeri sent me anti-malarial medication which I took for three days. Before the end of the treatment, the fever had disappeared.

I began to think about my mother. She was under surveillance along with my other family members. I was worried. She had touched my sweat. I couldn’t get the thought off my mind. I prayed for her. Hours later on Twitter, I came across a tweet by W.H.O saying that the sweat of an Ebola patient could not transmit the virus at the early stage of the infection. The sweat could only transmit it at the late stage.

That settled it for me. It calmed the storms that were raging within me concerning my parents. I knew right away it was divine guidance that caused me to see that tweet. I could cope with having Ebola, but I was not prepared to deal with a member of my family contracting it from me.

Soon, volunteer doctors started coming to help Dr. David take care of us. They had learned how to protect themselves. Among the volunteer doctors was Dr. Badmus, my consultant in LUTH during my housemanship days. It was good to see a familiar face among the care-givers. I soon understood the important role these brave volunteers were playing. As they increased in number, so did the number of shifts increase and subsequently the number of times the patients could access a doctor in one day. This allowed for more frequent patient monitoring and treatment. It also reduced care-giver fatigue. It was clear that Lagos state was working hard to contain the crisis.

Sadly, Justina succumbed to the disease on August 12. It was a great blow and my faith was greatly shaken as a result. I commenced daily Bible study with the other two female patients and we would encourage one another to stay positive in our outlook though in the natural it was grim and very depressing. My communion sessions with the other women were very special moments for us all.

On my 10th day in the ward, the doctors, having noted that I had stopped vomiting and stooling and was no longer running a fever, decided it was time to take my blood sample to test if the virus had cleared from my system. They took the sample and told me that I shouldn’t be worried if it came out positive, as the virus takes a while before it is cleared completely. I prayed that I didn’t want any more samples collected from me. I wanted that to be the first and last sample to be tested for the absence of the virus in my system. I called my pastor. He encouraged me and we prayed again about the test.

On the evening of the day Justina passed on, we were moved to the new isolation centre. We felt like we were leaving hell and going to heaven. We were conveyed to the new place in an ambulance. It was just behind the old building. Time would not permit me to recount the drama involved with the dynamics of our relocation. It was like a script from a science fiction movie. The new building was cleaner and much better than the old building. Towels and nightwear were provided on each bed. The environment was serene.

The following night, Dr. Adadevoh was moved to our isolation ward from her private room where she had previously been receiving treatment. She had also tested positive for Ebola and was now in a coma. She was receiving I.V. fluids and oxygen support and was being monitored closely by the W.H.O doctors. We all hoped and prayed that she would come out of it. It was so difficult seeing her in that state. I could not bear it. She was my consultant, my boss, my teacher and my mentor. She was the imperial lady of First Consultants, full of passion, energy and competence. I imagined she would wake up soon and see that she was surrounded by her First Consultants family but sadly it was not to be.

I continued listening to my healing messages. They gave me life. I literarily played them hours on end. Two days later, on Saturday August 16, the W.H.O doctors came with some papers. I was informed that the result of my blood test was negative for Ebola virus. If I could somersault, I would have but my joints were still slightly painful. I was free to go home after being in isolation for exactly 14 days. I was so full of thanks and praise to God. I called my mother to get fresh clothes and slippers and come pick me. My husband couldn’t stop shouting when I called him. He was completely overwhelmed with joy.

I was told, however, that I could not leave the ward with anything I came in with. I glanced one last time at my cd player, my valuable messages, my research assistant (a.k.a my iPad), my phones and other items. I remember saying to myself, “I have life; I can always replace these items.”

I went for a chlorine bath, which was necessary to disinfect my skin from my head to my toes. It felt like I was being baptised into a new life as Dr. Carolina, a W.H.O doctor from Argentina, poured the bucket of chlorinated water all over me. I wore a new set of clothes, following the strict instructions that no part of the clothes must touch the floor and the walls. Dr. Carolina looked on, making sure I did as instructed.

I was led out of the bathroom and straight to the lawn to be united with my family, but first I had to cut the red ribbon that served as a barrier. It was a symbolic expression of my freedom. Everyone cheered and clapped. It was a little but very important ceremony for me. I was free from Ebola! I hugged my family as one who had been liberated after many years of incarceration. I was like someone who had fought death face to face and come back to the land of the living.

We had to pass through several stations of disinfection before we reached the car. Bleach and chlorinated water were sprayed on everyone’s legs at each station. As we made our way to the car, we walked past the old isolation building. I could hardly recognise it. I could not believe I slept in that building for 10 days. I was free! Free of Ebola. Free to live again. Free to interact with humanity again. Free from the sentence of death.

My parents and two brothers were under surveillance for 21 days and they completed the surveillance successfully. None of them came down with a fever. The house had been disinfected by the Lagos state ministry of health soon after I was taken to the isolation centre. I thank God for shielding them from the plague.

My recovery after discharge has been gradual but progressive. I thank God for the support of family and friends. I remember my colleagues who we lost in this battle. Dr. Adadevoh my boss, Nurse Justina Ejelonu, and the ward maid, Mrs. Ukoh were heroines who lost their lives in the cause to protect Nigeria. They will never be forgotten.

I commend the dedication of the W.H.O doctors, Dr. David from Virginia, USA, who tried several times to convince me to specialise in infectious diseases, Dr. Carolina from Argentina who spoke so calmly and encouragingly, Mr. Mauricio from Italy who always offered me apples and gave us novels to read. I especially thank the volunteer Nigerian doctors, matrons and cleaners who risked their lives to take care of us. I must also commend the Lagos state government, and the state and federal ministries of health for their swift efforts to contain the virus. To all those prayed for me, I cannot thank you enough. And to my First Consultants family, I say a heartfelt thank you for your dedication and for your support throughout this very difficult period.

I still believe in miracles. None of us in the isolation ward was given any experimental drugs or so-called immune boosters. I was full of faith yet pragmatic enough to consume as much ORS as I could even when I wanted to give up and throw the bottles away. I researched on the disease extensively and read accounts of the survivors. I believed that even if the mortality rate was 99 per cent, I would be part of the 1 per cent who survive.

Early detection and reporting to hospital is key to patient survival. Please do not hide yourself if you have been in contact with an Ebola patient and have developed the symptoms. Regardless of any grim stories one may have heard about the treatment of patients in the isolation centre, it is still better to be in the isolation ward with specialist care, than at home where you and others will be at risk.

I read that Dr. Kent Brantly, the American doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia and was flown out to the United States for treatment was being criticised for attributing his healing to God when he was given the experimental drug, Zmapp. I don’t claim to have all the answers to the nagging questions of life. Why do some die and some survive? Why do bad things happen to good people? Where is God in the midst of pain and suffering? Where does science end and God begin? These are issues we may never fully comprehend on this side of eternity. All I know is that I walked through the valley of the shadow of death and came out unscathed.

* Article published with the writer’s permission

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  1. Kulikuli
    Kulikuli September 16, 17:12

    Congratulations Ada! OMG I was bawling like a baby, especially when you had to tell your Mum on phone that you were positive. What a moment. And what a life experience. You, Dr. Adadevoh, and the whole team of First Consultants staff can safely be referred to as Christlike. And then of course Lagos state is great as usual, making Lagosians feel taken care of is now their hallmark. Between the Lagos State and the FGN has been a brilliant demonstration that nothing trumps collaboration when citizen issues are at stake. Thanks FGN. Thanks everyone. My heart goes out to the deceased families, to our sister west African countries affected. I hope we are learning from this. . .

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    • Cy
      Cy September 17, 22:58

      You are a good person sir/ madam, and that shone through your comment. This comment Kulikuli, is to encourage you and others like you, out there.

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      • Kulikuli
        Kulikuli September 22, 21:57

        Thank you Cy. Really let’s keep celebrating regardless of other daunting challenges crawling out. This could have turned into one complicated nightmare.Indeed Nigeria can rise when it wants to, when pushed to.

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  2. Helyn
    Helyn September 16, 17:29

    I will only say a big HALLELUJAH & GLORY BE TO GOD. The steps of the righteous are ordered by GOD. for ye though they walk through the valley of the shadow of death, they will fear no evil. Miracles indeed still happen.

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  3. Louisa Eikhomun
    Louisa Eikhomun September 16, 18:38

    My God, this is touching and breath taking. Thanks to a God who ensures some live to testify. From this narrative, a chronically ill patient can infect with slight contact. So sorry about the pregnant nurse. God will stop this plague from our land. God is able.

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  4. Christiana
    Christiana September 16, 20:35

    The Lord’s Name be praised! Congratulations beloved Dr. for the your miraculous deliverance from this noisome pestilence.
    Please do not be intimidated by Dr. Brantly’s critics. NEVER fail to attribute your deliverance to Jehovah Roffi, your Healer. He’s the one who healed you, otwithstsnding anything or anyone else that might have contributed. Blessings!

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  5. johnnie
    johnnie September 16, 21:37

    This is really heart warming and only goes to reinforce the scripture: “they that know their God shall make exploit”.
    I cannot but thank God for not only your survival, but the fact that no member of your immediate family with whom you had contact at the earlier state of the EVD contracted it.

    Your piece is quite illuminating and goes to show that a lot of effort was put into containing the disease. Many thanks to the FG and LASG, WHO and other volunteer personnel for their roles in containing the disease

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  6. Ikechukwu Amaechi
    Ikechukwu Amaechi September 16, 21:43

    This is an incredible story. I couldn’t stop until I finished reading. In everything we have to give thanks to God. It is a miracle that not only you but anyone particularly those who contracted the virus from the index case could survive. Those who died – Dr Adadevoh, Nurse Justina, the maid, etc. – all paid the supreme price to save all of us. These are the real heroes and heroines, not politicians who claim they are jumping from one political party to the other for “good good.” Governor Fashola has proved with the success recorded so far in containing the Ebola Virus Disease what difference visionary and pragmatic leadership could make in the lives of the people. The Federal Government has also been proactive. God will bless everyone who has helped in whatever way to ensure that this virus has been contained

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  7. Nessy
    Nessy September 16, 22:12

    To Him alone be all the glory, honour and adoration for evermore. Ada, welcome back to life. May the Lord comfort the families of the departed ones. Your healing is permanent, and all that was lost shall be restored IJN. Congratulations!!!

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    • Yettyqueen
      Yettyqueen September 17, 07:24

      This is profoundly affecting…….. Faith, the power switch to all. I wonder how this would have happened without faith, it’s really a testimony to learn from. May the Lord help us all, amen.

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  8. tomboy
    tomboy September 16, 23:54

    All glory be to God for your life. God us too much. Highly inspiring. encouraging and faith filled.

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  9. Don
    Don September 16, 23:55

    Dear Dr Ada Igonoh, thanks for sharing your wonderful gripping story and maiking us a lot more knowledgeable. It is a tale of pain, peserverance, victory and triumph by divine amazing grace! I can only say God bless and keep you on your return from the valley of the shadow of death. You and Dr Stella Adadevoh, Nurse Ejelonu and Maid Ukoh of the First Consultant family are true heroines of our time!! So sad they could not make it out of that valley. Our hearts are deeply pained , our sincere condolences totheir families. Your mom, husband family members and colleagues must be very proud of you. God spared your life that you may give this testimony and go on to do great things for Him !
    Dr David and his volunteer colleagues of WHO are surely angels that have descended among us in the form and likeness of men! I believe Gov Fashola has again demonstrated courage and inspirational leadership, and together with the Honorable Minister of Health, the FEderal Govt, our valiant and dedicated doctors, nurses and other health workers must be commended for rising to the challenge to save the lives of nigerian citizens. Lets hope and pray our Governments, Federal & State, remain vigilant, and seek collaboration and ultimate solution to this plague of a deadly disease ravaging the african continent.

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  10. Don Ezeh
    Don Ezeh September 17, 00:21

    Dear Dr Ada Igonoh, thanks for sharing your wonderful gripping story and maiking us a lot more knowledgeable. It is a tale of great pain, peserverance, victory and triumph by divine amazing grace! I can only say God bless and keep you on your return from the valley of the shadow of death. Psalm 91 ! He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high …shall abide under shadow of the Almigthy !!
    You and Dr Stella Adadevoh, Nurse Ejelonu and Maid Ukoh of the First Consultant family are true heroines of our generation ! So sad they could not make it out of that valley. Our hearts are deeply pained. Our sincere condolences to their families. Your mom, husband family members and colleagues must be very proud of you. God spared your life that you may give this testimony and go on to do great things for Him !
    Dr David and his volunteer colleagues of WHO are surely angels that have descended among us in the form and likeness of men!
    I believe Gov Fashola has again demonstrated courage and inspirational leadership, and together with the Honorable Minister of Health, the Federal Govt, our valiant and dedicated doctors, nurses and other health workers must be commended for rising to the challenge to save the lives of nigerian citizens. Lets hope and pray our Governments, Federal & State, remain vigilant, and seek collaboration and ultimate solution to this plague of a deadly disease ravaging the african continent.

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    BIODUN OMOLAYO September 17, 00:40

    A BIG LESSON OF LIFE! When life is threatened we realize how precious it is above all the material things in the world put together! I believe in miracles, I believe in the WORD OF GOD BACKED BY FAITH! Fear kills than death itself and makes ineffective the efficacy of the WORD! Congratulations Dr. Igonoh. God preserved your life for a purpose, probably to be one of those who will further research into the Ebola Virus Disease and conquer it. For those who lost their lives, it was not in vain! They paid the supreme price to protect Nigeria! They should be immortalized!

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  12. otj
    otj September 17, 04:32

    To GOD be the glory for this testimony of healing. By the stripes if our Lord Jesus Christ, every sickness is taken out, and all carriers are made WHOLE, Amen

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  13. otj
    otj September 17, 04:38

    To God be the glory for this testimony of HEALING. Only the special GRACE of GOD Almighty could have done this. By the Stripes of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, every sickness and carriers are HEALED, Amen.

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  14. Olammy
    Olammy September 17, 08:43

    Dr Ada, congratulations. Indeed, Our God is awesome, He can move all mountains. Congratulations again and again. I’m near tears right now.

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  15. Nwake
    Nwake September 17, 10:58

    I can’t help but allow tears to flow from my eyes as I read this chiling account. My heart bleeds for Dr Adadevoh, Nurse Ejelonu, Mrs Ukoh and their families. Our prayers will eternally remain with them. Dr David & the entire WHO doctors are angels in human form while the LASG & FGN demonstrated the gains of civil collaboration shunning partisan politics that often destroys us. Dr Ada thank u 4 sharing this grilling experience wt us may the good Lord continue to be gracious to your family. Nigeria belongs to Jesus whether the devil likes it or yes! Lord we thank you for always standing against the enemies of Nigeria

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  16. Kenn Ifebueme
    Kenn Ifebueme September 17, 10:58

    Amazing Grace. Blessed and Fortunate is the one whose God is the Lord. What a faith! What an inspiring and captivating message! The entire world should hear this glowing testimony about He who rules in the affairs of men and directs the heart as He so directed our sister. Wow!!!

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  17. Mclee
    Mclee September 17, 13:27

    People of God, praise the Lord, for His mercies endures forever. Ada I admire your faith and honest conduct. The good Lord availed you mercy. God did not hate those who failed to make it. Life and living are truly spiritual issues. Wisdom and knowledge play great role and that was the plus that gave the divine healing that brought you home to your loved ones. Congratulations. Levi

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  18. Ebi london
    Ebi london September 17, 14:08

    So touching I was clued 2 my phone til I Was done with reading the story,not even my baby’s cry got me oFfestiniog my phone.thankful to the Lord for ur recovery, you have given life,hope and rest to thousands of people who saw ebola as being worst than hive aids. U have taught us that with prayer,or and faith, one can survive d deadly disease.indeeed u battled with death and won with the Lord

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  19. Lara
    Lara September 17, 14:38

    What an humbling experience! There is Healing in the WORD, JESUS CHRIST Himself. This has been proven over and over again, CONFIRMED here again. Congrats Ada

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  20. Basil
    Basil September 17, 15:12

    Dr. ADA, your Faith in God, bravery and good understanding of the mechanism of destruction by ebola was what saved you.As an engineer, I don’t know much about medicine, but the immune booster they didn’t give you was administered by God through your determination to live.

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  21. Mercy-of-David
    Mercy-of-David September 17, 15:23

    Ada, you are indeed a miracle. I truly rejoice at your victory.
    Going through other people’s comments, I realized no one gave credit to your pastor rather to LASG and FGN etc.
    I appreciate your pastor. He is a seasoned man of God. The Almighty God bless him a thousand times. And as many that tarried in His presence on your behalf, may the Lord bless them richly.

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  22. Apostle
    Apostle September 17, 15:26

    Thanks Dr. Ada Igonoh for sharing your close shave with Ebola. I cried inside my heart reading all you had to go through in your service to God and humanity. I really thank God for you, late Dr. Stella Adedavoh, Nurse Justina and all the wonderful people at First Consultants. You saved us from the wicked plans of Satan and his cohorts. Nigerians are grateful to you, late Dr.Dr.Adedavoh and all others who paid the supreme price in the effort to protect the rest of us. Once again, thanks and God bless.

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  23. remi
    remi September 17, 16:09

    Ada, God has a definite purpose for your life. meditate and pray over it,it will be revealed to you.

    for me, I agree you should make plans to specialize in infectious diseases. you will definetly get a scholarship by Gods Grace.

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  24. Festus Edeawe
    Festus Edeawe September 17, 17:38

    What another pretty lady we would have lost to Ebola? Thanks be to God Almighty for his mercies.

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  25. okon
    okon September 17, 18:00

    God is wonderful,Kudos to the LSG and the FGN and WHO.

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  26. Tinuade
    Tinuade September 17, 20:23

    Hearty Congratulations to you Ada May the Lord continue to protect you and allow you to perform great things in your career in Jesus name Amen

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  27. Jummie
    Jummie September 17, 20:31

    Great is Thy faithfulness,oh Lord. My dear doctor, this is another life experience that God lives and He shows mercy to those that He loves. Congratulations

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  28. Kohwo
    Kohwo September 17, 20:45

    Thank you Dr. Ada for sharing your story with us. God will eventually use you for greater things.I want to also thank the LASG, FGN, W.H.O for all they did to contain this END from spreading. Thank you Nigeria for breaking the jinks this time about our beloved country.

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  29. Njoku Nkiruka N.
    Njoku Nkiruka N. September 17, 21:14

    Jesus said to the woman with issue of blood, go in peace, your faith has made you whole. Dr Ada, you applied works to your faith and achieved results. Faith without works is dead.
    God I continually thank you for the power of attorney to use the name of Jesus. I applied the same principles twelve years ago when I was diagnosed of breast cancer. Twelve years now I am still alive with my testimony. You will live long with your testimony in Jesus name amen.

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  30. Boye
    Boye September 17, 21:57

    WOW! WOW!! WOW!!! Good news doesn’t get better than this. To Him Who sustains all things by the Word of His power be all glory and praise. My faith is so fired up reading your story. God bless you for sharing.

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  31. Queen Victoria
    Queen Victoria September 17, 22:12

    At this moment I am speechless. Indeed dr. Ada, you passed through the valley of shadow of death and the Lord God who causeth dry bones to live again is very much with you. Though have not have such experience but understand vividly the ordeal you went through. This is a life time testimony not only to you but to all believers world wide. Wow! How you conquered death with the potent word of God and the blood of Jesus which speaketh life. My God,I give You all the glory for this wonderful testimony. May the souls of the departed rest in the bossom of Abraham. Congratulations once again Dr. Ada! May the grace of God be with you continually.

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  32. jay girl
    jay girl September 18, 00:00

    All praise to him who shields us from deadly diseases. praise be to him who is above all powers,above all wisdom and all the ways of men. i rejoice with you brave doctor. you held unto him n he did as he promised in his words. the devil lost. you are a conquerer.

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  33. Jacy
    Jacy September 18, 00:25

    Am not much for commenting online but I couldn’t just help saying st.Am very happy for u and may the souls of those who couldn’t rest in peace. I hope to meet u in person when every thing cools off ,Cos ur hospital is one of the hospital I cover, am a med rep. All thanks to God almighty .i

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  34. Helyno
    Helyno September 18, 00:34

    Dear Dr Ada, I also wish to thank and bless God for your Pastor who also stood by you. Thank you for this testimony, I have also learnt a lot, knowledge is power and ignorance is a disease, it’s truly good to read and research things, it’s like reading the word of God so that you can apply it when the time comes, the bible says ” command ye me according to the words of my mouth” when the word of God mixes with faith, who are thou mountain? It’s good to be knowledgeable about anything, to get education and in turn wisdom,” my people perish for lack of knowledge” knowing about something, helps you pray aright. We cannot just continue to read the bible and shut the world outside, we have to be aware of the world we live in, so that we can best serve humanity and God in it. You went through hell and high waters, but you are standing tall, and God alone did it. We salute everyone that was an instrument in the hands of God for this victory from your pastor, to the FGN, LASG, First Consultant, your Dr colleague who was sending drugs and toiletries, Dr David
    (an angel) sent by God, the Australian, and the many other volunteers, God bless them all. Your story has equipped us against this dreadful disease. And lest I forget, you should not forget to consider Dr David’s advise. AND to GOD of heaven and earth be all praise, welcome back.

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  35. Staph
    Staph September 18, 00:42

    This is a very touching story. Praise The Lord!!! You walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and He took you through. My sympathy for your colleagues, may their sour rest in peace. God continue to bless you Dr.!

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  36. Edi
    Edi September 18, 00:49

    Just God’s mercy. I will have mercy on whom I’ll have mercy on. I thank God and rejoice with you.

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  37. ugochukwu uwaeke
    ugochukwu uwaeke September 18, 06:14

    To God be the glory. very touching.

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  38. John Awe
    John Awe September 18, 08:39

    Brilliantly written. You would think Dr. Ada was a Literature teacher in a tertiary institution. God bless you for the information shared. May God continue to be with you and your family. Lagos State deserves kudos for their pragmatic approach to the crisis. So does the FG for the support offered. It is well with our country.

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    • sollymore
      sollymore September 18, 15:27

      Awesome our God is wonderful, Doc i thank God on your behalf.congratulations for the new life given to you by God. Kudos to Lagos state govt and federal govt God bless our nation.

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  39. Abbeygirl!
    Abbeygirl! September 18, 10:04

    What an inspiring story! I couldn’t stop the tears!! The power of faith unrelenting!!! I’m exceptionally thankful, first to Dr Ameyo Adadevoh for being so committed and dedicated to her work, then to the other health workers who sadly had to sacrifice their lives. Dr. Ohaeri for not turning his back on his staff at their darkest moment. The Lagos State Ministry of Health and Dr Jide Idris for always being so proactive. Because of angels like you, Lagosians feel so much more cared for! It would be recalled that this is not the first time the Lagos State Government has shown such commitment to the welfare of her citizens. Thanks for always rising to the occasion, Gov. Babatunde Fashola! Most especially, I am grateful to the Pastor, the unsung hero in this story, whose continuous prayers, faith, research and encouragement did in no small measure bring about this victory. May the Lord sustain His family and ministry. Thank you so much for sharing Dr. Ada Inogoh. May the good Lord bless your sweet soul.

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    • Flore
      Flore October 22, 06:54

      I give all glory to God almighty. Dr Ada thank you for sharing this great testimony.many thanks to your pastor, your husband and family and the doctors. God really used them as instruments into his hands once again he peoof that he is God and with him all things are possible. May the souls of Dr Stella and others who couldn’t make it rest in perfect peace. I bless you my sister for your brave courage and determination to fight. Hear the voice of God and follow him. May he continueto bless Nigeria and the entire Africa continent

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  40. Chris
    Chris September 18, 10:25

    Thank God for your life Doctor, you really encourage my faith in God with your piece.

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  41. odina madu
    odina madu September 18, 12:26

    ada to God be the glory. i read this ure write with tears. i can not imaging what u pass throughour God is great.

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  42. maiden
    maiden September 18, 13:26

    I read this story with tears in my eyes. We must never forget those people who sacrificed so much for the rest of Nigeria. Without their intervention the dreaded Ebola disease would have definitely ravaged parts of the country. Patrick Sawyer,s behaviour was wholly unacceptable and the Bible indicates that God will judge the quick and the dead. I believe huge lessons have been learnt from these events.

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  43. doyinsola
    doyinsola September 18, 14:00

    To God be the glory great things he hath done. Congratulations to u and every member of ur family. Your testimony shall be permanet

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  44. PeeDee
    PeeDee September 18, 14:31

    Wonderful testimony. Indeed deres nothing too difficult for the almighty God. He spared your life to prove once again to the world dat He’s alive. Twas God’s mercy dat said No to Ebola. God we give you glory, honour and adoration. Gr8 is your name

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  45. Jasonel
    Jasonel September 18, 14:53

    O my God, am so happy for such a wonderful testimony. Our God is indeed a great God and those that put their trust in him in a time of trouble will never be put to shame. Am so happy for you and your family and sad about the lost of those beautiful soul Nigerians and praying that this should come to an end soon where ever it is. Am happy for you, but can not help this sadness I feel every day going to bed and waking up with this deadly disease taking the lives of so many people. Am a Liberian hoping that this will go away soon. Sorry to Nigeria for what happen.

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  46. funmi
    funmi September 18, 15:11

    Dr Ada I really thank God on your behalf. Thank you so much for sharing this with the public. At least we know how deadly the disease is ,and this will help each one of us to take proper measures and also help our children too. I can’t imagine a child going through all this. How would they make a child drink ORS that much. Hnmm may the lord be praised. He alone deserves all the glory, cos without him all will be in vain. To the family of those that passed , may the good lord give them strength to bear the loss. They r. Great people who died helping another.
    Congratulations again Dr Ada.
    Pleaseee our govt let the children stay at home for noww ooo to eradicate this disease.

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  47. Sweetness
    Sweetness September 18, 16:04

    Amazing grace. I join you in thanking the Most High, so gracious and benevolent in his merciful kindness and love. I believe it doesn’t matter how long we live, what matters is that we fulfil purpose. Surely Dr. Adadevoh and your colleagues were borne to save Nigeria from Ebola epidermic. God bless their departed souls.

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  48. The man
    The man September 18, 17:32

    It is a revelation that needed this level of publicity. Dr Aba Igonoh it is important in every living being life to have a story that will ecourage others to seek Allah’s intervention in all that they do. It would will have a reprecel effects on your career positively!! That bro dude was evil, irresponsible and mean!!! I got his illness from his sister that died earlier!!! He knowing boarded that flight and went on a killing or infecting spreed !!!! Allah knows best what we conceive!!!!! Thx for the time and full detail of your encounter!!! May Allah grant U the courage to accept what you can not change, the faith n strength to tolerate your fellow human and the faith and courage to accept that anything happen to you in Life it has been approved by Allah!!!!

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  49. Abdul y.
    Abdul y. September 18, 20:31

    I have read the full account of ur presentation with regards 2 ur experience with evd. It gives me courage and confidence to accept life as it comes, in good faith and absolute reliance and trust in God.

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  50. phorlar
    phorlar September 18, 21:52

    I must express my mixed feelings through out the time spent reading this story. All glory goes to God almighty for sparing your life, even as we regret the loss of lives of our fellow Nigerians. Having read all comments, permit me to concur with the advise or persuasion of one of her doctors, that she should specialise in infectious diseases. If she never considered it before now, I think she should now, as this may be in the best interest of Nigeria, and indeed the world. Thy faith hath made thee whole! CONGRATS

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  51. Noble
    Noble September 18, 22:11

    Thank you so much for sharing such inspiration and heart warming testimony with us, you just made my day! God bless you richly for giving us hope and a reason to believe. Thank you

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  52. Eunice
    Eunice September 19, 00:09

    How Great is our God, how great is his name. He is the greatest God, forever the same. He rolls back the waters of the mighty red sea. He says I will lead you, only trust in me.
    I couldn’t contain the tears and joy within as I read through this. What an inspiring testimony! Indeed, the efficacy of God’s word, your positive approach to life and situation of this kind, your pastor, friends and families who endlessly continued in prayer and words of encouragement have spawned this testimony. Also thanks to God for these bodies: FGN, LASG, W.H.O who were used as instrument of this great wonder.

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  53. Rufina
    Rufina September 19, 01:04

    I am so touched by your story, your fight for life, faith and courage. And am so happy you survived and have let us know of a basic solution to the fight against Ebola. We pray that this information is passed on to Ebola patients as they wait for help.

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  54. chukwuemeka chinelo
    chukwuemeka chinelo September 19, 12:33


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  55. Joyce wairimu wa muteria
    Joyce wairimu wa muteria September 19, 12:55

    Jehovah Rapha is our healer.He has done it for you.May He be praised forever.

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  56. Festus Olu
    Festus Olu September 19, 14:25

    PRAISE BE TO GOD. What a wonderful story of faith and trust in GOD. As I read it I wept, not for sadness, but for joy that the God that we serve is alive – Heaven does rule in the affairs of man. I congratulate you my dear sister and my heart reaches out to all those that we lost to this strange disease, no least of which is Dr. Adadevoh. My prayer and condolences go to their loved ones. Affliction shall never rise again in the lives of those they left behind. God save Nigeria. Amen.

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  57. Jay
    Jay September 19, 14:49

    So touching! The Lord ur God has made u a living testimony. Glory to be God. I’m totally impressed by the effort of your pastor, he is indeed a man of purpose. God bless u doc.we re more than conquerors!

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  58. Muddy Waters
    Muddy Waters September 19, 15:02

    Wow , what a riveting account.! Ada, your brilliance shone throughout this narrative while your faith is an example to others like me. What more can one say other than to give God praise for His miracles in our lives ?

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  59. oduyemi
    oduyemi September 19, 16:08

    God is not a man that he should lie. he has promised that he will not forsake us when when we call. he is the Lion of Judah who saved you. may his name be praised. i am happy for you and your family. may the souls of those who lost their lives in the battle rest in peace. Amen

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  60. Don labio
    Don labio September 19, 23:05

    I appreciate the ethical demonstration of the medical profession. The policies of the medical. Institution tackle the index case thereby controlling the primary contact. Nigerian would have suffered if the index case was not taken seriously.

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  61. Abtext
    Abtext September 20, 00:27

    Ma psalm 91 came to pass in ur life, praise be to God for ever and ever Amen.

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  62. mko
    mko September 20, 07:02

    You spoke my mind!!!

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  63. okafor
    okafor September 20, 07:34

    Remain greatful to your God.Finally to God be the glory.

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  64. Kazeem Alayande
    Kazeem Alayande September 20, 09:04

    This is terrific. I glorify almighty God for sparing your life; even for the indefatigable dead med consultant, the nurse and helper, I pray almighty Allah grant them paradise. They are matyrs. Stay blessed doc to fulfil the sole purpose of your creation: liberating the humanity! I congratulate u and ur family. May the souls of the deceased rest in peace.

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  65. Prince sunny obasohan
    Prince sunny obasohan September 20, 14:25

    l was deeply imppressed with the follow up step and action been taken to run all the test and a quick responds of the result and infact most of the patience are in fears to come out with the truth of their sickness. And secondly l use this medial to informed the ministry or health to spread all the information to every one in the country to please go to the hospital for a check up at list once or twice for every month for their health saftiness Then thirdly all the politician in power in the country should donate one third of their salary to the ministry of health for the purchase of more sophiticated labouratry Equipments and to go out for more Resarch and to buy more medicine for the hospital usess rather than using the government money to stage parties and host girl friends or looting the government s fund

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  66. Roland Ozakpolor
    Roland Ozakpolor September 20, 18:55

    What a harrowing experience and a tale so captivating… Your odeal can be a best selling book… I thank God for your strenght and the support around you, so good to have people that care and can go the extra mile for us, not everyone is that fortunate.
    You are free indeed, you are free at last.;Your testimony will stand the test of time…..

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  67. Chyke
    Chyke September 21, 00:03

    Ada I thank God for your Life. your Faith in The Lord and your self belief and Conviction that you will Not be a victim to Ebola SAVED Yourlife. God is Good to Them that Believe in Him. Remain Blessed.

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  68. mother
    mother September 21, 19:30

    God is good. Congratulations. God bless your pastor and all who stood by you. You have another life, serve Him who spared you. Shalom!

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  69. Big Sam
    Big Sam September 22, 12:30

    Doc, I praise God for your life, very inspiring. But I would like to know for the benefit of ebola victims what drugs you took to get to your present good state of health. It is important for all Nigerians and west Africans to know.
    Thanks and God bless

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  70. odochi
    odochi September 22, 12:45

    Praise God. He is the Doctor of Doctors. He has proven himself once again. Glory be to His holy name. Congrats Doctor. You will not die but live to fulfill God’s purpose in ur life Amen

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  71. SO-KLEVA
    SO-KLEVA September 22, 13:11


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  72. prettybee
    prettybee September 22, 14:28

    Wat a miracle working God…I bliv in miracles.God will heal my dad 2 from his sickness(Not Ebola) in Jesus name (Amen)

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  73. Olakunle
    Olakunle September 22, 14:50

    Dear Ada, I could not help but thanked God for your life. God has shown us that He is always there to make impossible possible.

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  74. Emman
    Emman September 22, 16:03

    Ada, what else can we say than to appreciate God for bringing you back to life. God is good. He is the only one that can have upper hand over death. Thank you Jesus for not allowing this beautiful creature to be taking away by the ugly hands of Ebola. Thank you JESUS.

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    • tina
      tina September 23, 17:33

      Dr Ada, congratulations. I bless God for your testimony.this will help us see that it is possible to com out of Ebola Virus Disease. God bless and keep you.

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  75. Dr. Pat
    Dr. Pat September 24, 23:02

    To God Be the Glory and we give him Thanks and Praise for your Life.

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  76. goodboy
    goodboy September 25, 17:09

    What a testimony. Faith conquers fear.

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  77. funmi
    funmi September 28, 16:43

    l tank God for ur life DrAda.

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  78. Kese
    Kese September 29, 16:13

    Your testimony is amazing, Ada. Thank you for sharing this story. God be praised!

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  79. Nk
    Nk September 30, 10:55

    Dr Ada, I cant help but weep but its all for Joy.Thank you for showing how awesome our God is. For He said that the just shall live by faith, you demonstrated it, even in the midstof hopelessness you were strong, and you made the Lord your focus. My regards to your mum. I can see you inherited her courage. Live well my dear and never, I repeat never fall off from God.

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  80. Ras
    Ras September 30, 17:10

    God is grace

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  81. AJ
    AJ October 04, 08:29

    Miracle still Happens. Indeed this is the Lord’s Doing and is marvelous in my sight.

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    • corrine
      corrine October 20, 15:00

      Thank God for this grace of healing. We continue to pray for all the victims. Thank you for sharing your experience. It gives hope and much inspiration. God bless you!

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  82. Gulf Gypsy
    Gulf Gypsy October 07, 15:49

    Dr Ada Your courage and grace, both in caring for those who come to you in need and your courage and grace in facing and surviving this most horrible of all diseases, is a testament to both the strength of your faith in Our Creator and in your own strength and spirit to survive.

    You are a hero, as are all the blessed health care workers and people, risking their lives, caring for others.

    May you and your husband and family be blessed with many years of health and happiness. Rejoice in the gift of life and the power of faith.

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  83. kholifa
    kholifa October 09, 10:32

    Taking into consideration the current state of Ebola in the three hard hit countries, Patrick Sawyer who took the infection to Nigeria could have been doing it deliberately as a paid agent of America but Nigeria was swift in countering that spread because they were not involved in the conspiracy with the Americans who have now lost trillions because the spread was quickly contained in Lagos state. GOD BLESS LAGOS STATE AND GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

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  84. Eric Osei-Abankwa
    Eric Osei-Abankwa October 16, 18:19

    To God be the glory

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  85. Faith UK
    Faith UK October 18, 22:50

    Dear Dr Ada Igonoh,
    Reading your detailed and well articulated experience, I am still feeling the effect of your initial environment in my throat and a deep cry of your ordeal and all your colleagues.
    But GOD. Today you are a living and walking miracle! Praise the Most High God. Thank God especially for your pastor who stood with you in more ways than expected- spiritual, emotional and professional support. This is noteworthy!

    I have been overwhelmed reading how God delivered Nigeria from the stigma of Ebola at a time when help to the affected countries from the world that could assist was being underplayed with bureaucracy.
    Nigeria a nation on God’s radar having been buffeted on every side by all vices from the pit of hell saw the raw unfettered hand of God take her out of this plague, leaving the world reluctantly acknowledging her as the only nation that has come out of the plague free!
    Thank you to all the machinery of information creating awareness, curtailing the spread, grassroots mobilisation, methods the world is still trying to come to terms with as was used by Nigeria to combat Ebola.
    First consultant hospital arresting the arrival of Ebola with openness to the health sector and the consolidated efforts by all the arms of the medical profession throughout Nigeria where the world anticipated the worst spread because of our huge population amongst other fears.
    I am proud to be Nigerian and daily thank God for His unfailing mercies, and pray His comfort and strength to all the family and friends of the medical professionals who lost their lives trying to curtail the spread of such a deadly disease.
    God Bless your new life and God Bless Nigeria

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  86. Miss P
    Miss P October 19, 01:35

    God is good

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  87. Edric
    Edric October 19, 12:38

    This account is amongst the greatest contributions made towards the fight against this dreaded desease. Dr. Igonoh’s detailed sharing of her experience is timeline and Devine and will help to save many simple lives going forward. It’s a “must read” for worldwide humanity.

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  88. annmarie
    annmarie October 19, 18:53

    I was cooking dinner and it almost got burnt cause I was so gripped by the story. It brought tears to my eyes……… God is the greatest physician!! All the best to u and family and always remember to share and give thanks

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    • Keisha
      Keisha October 21, 03:27

      This is such a touching and information piece. God is indeed the all time Healer. Praise be to God!

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  89. Caca meade
    Caca meade October 20, 14:50

    Thank God for life. He is the number one healer

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  90. Angie
    Angie October 20, 15:28

    An experienced with a text and a testion, to God be the Glory!. Keep praising him. God had the right people to stand in the the gap, girl you are no punk but a fighter. Love it.

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  91. Lager
    Lager October 20, 17:05

    Alhamdulilahi could be the only thing I could say for all you and others went through and may Allah (SWT) grant the deceased Aljahnah firdaous…..So happy you made it to live again,I can imagine your situation and what you went through Glory be to Almighty God

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  92. Lisa
    Lisa October 20, 17:28

    When we know God and what he is able to do we are able to tell death Not yet . my saviour will see me through

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  93. Emeco
    Emeco October 20, 17:39

    Being a man, I tried to control tears from rolling down my cheeks, just imagining what your mother passed through emotionally when you called her to tell her you tested positive. Thank God it is all over.

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  94. Vicky
    Vicky October 21, 01:16

    God is good, all the time. I read her story and I felt sad when her colleagues left this earth to be with their savior. Miracles do work, and she was determined to stay alive. Thanks to her pastor, family, pray warriors and friends. If the young man had told the truth in the first place, I am sure that things would not have gone wrong, and may be he might be alive today.

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  95. teddy
    teddy October 21, 04:38

    To god be the glory… God is still in the miracle working business. Make him the center of our lives

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  96. shiru
    shiru October 21, 08:17

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. To God be the glory for your healing. Thank you for letting the world know that the Ebola Virus is not necessarily a death sentence. May God bless caregivers all around the world and protect them. May He enlighten them on how to deal with this disease. Kudos to the Nigerian for containing Ebola and being declared Ebola free!

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  97. moni
    moni October 21, 10:38

    God is good all the time . I praise God for your testimony. America we must take note and pray like nigeria is praying .

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  98. Orchid
    Orchid October 21, 16:36

    You are a beautiful soul, inside and outside. your story is eye opening and transforming. Thank you for sharing this. It gave me great insight about this deadly disease and made me realize how vigilant we need to be to prevent further spread. However, i thank you most of all because you have allowed God to make you a testimony. I am reminded that nothing is impossible for my God. Nothing can separate us from His love except our choice.

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  99. Bailey
    Bailey October 21, 16:59

    I am happy you and your family are still alive. Your story is a powerful testimony of faith in the midst of adversity. Please continue to share GOD’s goodness in this sinful world.

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  100. dinoganiyu
    dinoganiyu October 21, 22:56

    All praise belong to God the most merciful, the owner of peace (As-Salam). What an experience!. I was almost brought to tears as u recount your experience and the loss of your colleagues. May Allah forgive them their shortcomings and put them in paradise. These are martyrs! This is the true jihad Allah wants..the one taught by the noble prophet himself. May you live long to fulfil your destiny. Aamin.

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  101. Donna Joyce colquhoun
    Donna Joyce colquhoun October 22, 19:50

    God a God when u believe in him with strong faith he will always be there to see u thought. I give God the glory with u.congratulations nuff love

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  102. Rita
    Rita October 22, 21:00

    This is a true testimony of the faithfulness of the God we serve. Dr Ada your story is so real, I feel as if I was there with you, this is an inspiration particularly to me and to any other person that reads this article. thank God for the lives of your pastor, your family and friends and the courageous volunteers. i pray that God will extend his help to Liberia and other countries still battling this virus. I rejoice with you and I ask God’s blessings on you and your family and also on our nation Nigeria [He has proven himself once more in Nigeria]. CONGRATULATIONS

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  103. donna Joyce colquhoun
    donna Joyce colquhoun October 22, 21:43

    God a God when we put all your trust in him he works wonder for us.congratulations please keep praying .nuff love to u

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  104. Ruby Makena
    Ruby Makena October 23, 12:38

    He is a true Living God. amen Amen…

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  105. GT
    GT October 23, 20:45

    Praise God
    This is evidence that you do not need any experimental drugs or experimental vaccines,
    the thing what is needed is symptomatic treatment through the process, good nutritions and the word of God.

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  106. mash
    mash October 24, 08:54

    a great encouragement

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  107. Trixxie
    Trixxie October 24, 13:57

    Hallelujah! Faith can indeed move mountains. From the rising of the sun to going down of the same, may the name of the Lord be praised. God bless you Dr. Ada Igonoh for sharing your story and increasing my faith. Our God is a miracle God. You believed Him, remained in communion with Him and he stayed true to His word. Praise God!

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  108. Raman
    Raman October 28, 08:48

    God sometimes gives us direction and courage.
    Only a fool would say there is no God.

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  109. 1ST LADY
    1ST LADY November 02, 20:58

    God chose you being alive for a reason.please,discover it.Praise the lord

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  110. Eddie
    Eddie November 08, 13:05

    Jehovah Rophi our healer. Thank you Dr. Ada for that powerful testimony. You came, you saw and you conquered. Thanks be to God.Amen

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  111. jerryboi
    jerryboi November 14, 14:01

    Praise God…all the glory to God for this wonderful testimony.

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  112. Ray
    Ray November 17, 11:32

    An inspiring story, even for those of us who are not religious. The account conveys Ada’s joy of having survived which tempered by the sadness of the loss of friends and colleagues, and yet despite the ordeal she is able to hold back the bitterness of having been infected through the recklessness of Patrick Sawyer. I hope more people read her story.

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  113. temmyt
    temmyt November 27, 14:43

    Wow, what a story!your faith brought u out Alive,am so happy 4 you.Congratulations dear

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  114. pastor
    pastor March 13, 04:12

    This is one more proof that the word works, the communion is extremely potent, and what more? Receiving treatment is not a sign of a lack of faith, no, not at all. If anything, medicine helps you buy time while you build enough faith for total healing. I cannot thank God enough for you Dr.Ada for you decision to live by your disagreement with death. It shows again that death cannot take you when you have decided to live. In many ways death is a matter of choice and not chance. Thanks again for sharing and may the Lord bless your pastor for stepping up to real pastoral duties in this crisis. God bless.
    Pastor Ezekiel.

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  115. Nut Prince
    Nut Prince April 27, 17:07

    I read this at work and struggled to stop my tears, I couldn’t. So heart touching. I thank God for your life, for your faith, for your resolve to just stay alive.

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  116. Kla
    Kla May 19, 12:13

    OMG! I am into another shock after reading this story. Ebola, I will never forget

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  117. 237th Observer
    237th Observer July 25, 08:46

    doctor, you survived because the devil/death hates you. Pls. continue loving Jesus and maintain your beauty for him. He will never jilt you no allow you to experience corruption.

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  118. Chinny
    Chinny November 05, 19:00

    Really hearts touching. God is great and bigger than Ebola. I thank God for this miracle He did for you.

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    • Ezekiel
      Ezekiel March 25, 13:07

      The Lord u serve exists. The father in-law stood for her in prayer at the prayer- chain level and the God of Liberty Chapel fought for her !

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