MUST READ! Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death…Dr. Ada Igonoh survived Ebola – This is her Story

As Nigeria battles with the outbreak of Ebola, we consistently commend the dedication and selflessness of the doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Lives have been lost, and families have had to undergo the trauma of isolation. The fear of the unknown even very crippling. We read about the numbers in the news, but when we put a face to the news reports, it brings it home. Dr. Ada Igonoh of First Consultants Hospital is one of the doctors who attended to Patrick Sawyer. She was infected by the virus and miraculously, she survives to share her story with BellaNaija.

It is a long read but definitely worth reading as Dr. Ada details her experience. It’s a really gripping read which shows the story of strength, faith and dedication. We are grateful to Ada for sharing her story with us.


On the night of Sunday July 20, 2014, Patrick Sawyer was wheeled into the Emergency Room at First Consultants Medical Centre, Obalende, Lagos, with complaints of fever and body weakness. The male doctor on call admitted him as a case of malaria and took a full history. Knowing that Mr Sawyer had recently arrived from Liberia, the doctor asked if he had been in contact with an Ebola patient in the last couple of weeks, and Mr. Sawyer denied any such contact. He also denied attending any funeral ceremony recently. Blood samples were taken for full blood count, malaria parasites, liver function test and other baseline investigations. He was admitted into a private room and started on antimalarial drugs and analgesics. That night, the full blood count result came back as normal and not indicative of infection.

The following day however, his condition worsened. He barely ate any of his meals. His liver function test result showed his liver enzymes were markedly elevated. We then took samples for HIV and hepatitis screening.
At about 5.00pm, he requested to see a doctor. I was the doctor on call that night so I went in to see him. He was lying in bed with his intravenous (I.V.) fluid bag removed from its metal stand and placed beside him. He complained that he had stooled about five times that evening and that he wanted to use the bathroom again. I picked up the I.V. bag from his bed and hung it back on the stand. I told him I would inform a nurse to come and disconnect the I.V. so he could conveniently go to the bathroom. I walked out of his room and went straight to the nurses’ station where I told the nurse on duty to disconnect his I.V. I then informed my Consultant, Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh about the patient’s condition and she asked that he be placed on some medications.

The following day, the results for HIV and hepatitis screening came out negative. As we were preparing for the early morning ward rounds, I was approached by an ECOWAS official who informed me that Patrick Sawyer had to catch an 11 o’clock flight to Calabar for a retreat that morning. He wanted to know if it would be possible. I told him it wasn’t, as he was acutely ill. Dr. Adadevoh also told him the patient could certainly not leave the hospital in his condition. She then instructed me to write very boldly on his chart that on no account should Patrick Sawyer be allowed out of the hospital premises without the permission of Dr. Ohiaeri, our Chief Medical Consultant. All nurses and doctors were duly informed.

During our early morning ward round with Dr. Adadevoh, we concluded that this was not malaria and that the patient needed to be screened for Ebola Viral Disease. She immediately started calling laboratories to find out where the test could be carried out. She was eventually referred to Professor Omilabu of the LUTH Virology Reference Lab in Idi-Araba whom she called immediately. Prof. Omilabu told her to send blood and urine samples to LUTH straight away. She tried to reach the Lagos State Commissioner for Health but was unable to contact him at the time. She also put calls across to officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and National Centre for Disease Control.

Dr. Adadevoh at this time was in a pensive mood. Patrick Sawyer was now a suspected case of Ebola, perhaps the first in the country. He was quarantined, and strict barrier nursing was applied with all the precautionary measures we could muster. Dr. Adadevoh went online, downloaded information on Ebola and printed copies which were distributed to the nurses, doctors and ward maids. Blood and urine samples were sent to LUTH that morning. Protective gear, gloves, shoe covers and facemasks were provided for the staff. A wooden barricade was placed at the entrance of the door to keep visitors and unauthorized personnel away from the patient.
Despite the medications prescribed earlier, the vomiting and diarrhea persisted. The fever escalated from 38c to 40c.

On the morning of Wednesday 23rd July, the tests carried out in LUTH showed a signal for Ebola. Samples were then sent to Dakar, Senegal for a confirmatory test. Dr. Adadevoh went for several meetings with the Lagos State Ministry of Health. Thereafter, officials from Lagos State came to inspect the hospital and the protective measures we had put in place.

The following day, Thursday 24th July, I was again on call. At about 10.00pm Mr. Sawyer requested to see me. I went into the newly created dressing room, donned my protective gear and went in to see him. He had not been cooperating with the nurses and had refused any additional treatment. He sounded confused and said he received a call from Liberia asking for a detailed medical report to be sent to them. He also said he had to travel back to Liberia on a 5.00am flight the following morning and that he didn’t want to miss his flight. I told him that I would inform Dr. Adadevoh. As I was leaving the room, I met Dr. Adadevoh dressed in her protective gear along with a nurse and another doctor. They went into his room to have a discussion with him and as I heard later to reset his I.V. line which he had deliberately removed after my visit to his room.

At 6:30am, Friday 25th July, I got a call from the nurse that Patrick Sawyer was completely unresponsive. Again I put on the protective gear and headed to his room. I found him slumped in the bathroom. I examined him and observed that there was no respiratory movement. I felt for his pulse; it was absent. We had lost him. It was I who certified Patrick Sawyer dead. I informed Dr. Adadevoh immediately and she instructed that no one was to be allowed to go into his room for any reason at all. Later that day, officials from W.H.O came and took his body away. The test in Dakar later came out positive for Zaire strain of the Ebola virus. We now had the first official case of Ebola virus disease in Nigeria.

It was a sobering day. We all began to go over all that happened in the last few days, wondering just how much physical contact we had individually made with Patrick Sawyer. Every patient on admission was discharged that day and decontamination began in the hospital. We were now managing a crisis situation. The next day, Saturday 26th July, all staff of First Consultants attended a meeting with Prof. Nasidi of the National Centre for Disease Control, Prof Omilabu of LUTH Virology Reference Lab, and some officials of W.H.O. They congratulated us on the actions we had taken and enlightened us further about the Ebola Virus Disease. They said we were going to be grouped into high risk and low risk categories based on our individual level of exposure to Patrick Sawyer, the “index” case. Each person would receive a temperature chart and a thermometer to record temperatures in the morning and night for the next 21 days. We were all officially under surveillance. We were asked to report to them at the first sign of a fever for further blood tests to be done. We were reassured that we would all be given adequate care. The anxiety in the air was palpable.

The frenetic pace of life in Lagos, coupled with the demanding nature of my job as a doctor, means that I occasionally need a change of environment. As such, one week before Patrick Sawyer died, I had gone to my parents’ home for a retreat. I was still staying with them when I received my temperature chart and thermometer on Tuesday 29th of July. I could not contain my anxiety. People were talking Ebola everywhere – on television, online, everywhere. I soon started experiencing joint and muscle aches and a sore throat, which I quickly attributed to stress and anxiety. I decided to take malaria tablets. I also started taking antibiotics for the sore throat. The first couple of temperature readings were normal. Every day I would attempt to recall the period Patrick Sawyer was on admission – just how much direct and indirect contact did I have with him? I reassured myself that my contact with him was quite minimal. I completed the anti-malarials but the aches and pains persisted. I had loss of appetite and felt very tired.

On Friday 1st of August, my temperature read a high 38.7c. As I type this, I recall the anxiety I felt that morning. I could not believe what I saw on the thermometer. I ran to my mother’s room and told her. I did not go to work that day. I cautiously started using a separate set of utensils and cups from the ones my family members were using.

On Saturday 2nd of August, the fever worsened. It was now at 39c and would not be reduced by taking paracetamol. This was now my second day of fever. I couldn’t eat. The sore throat was getting worse. That was when I called the helpline and an ambulance was sent with W.H.O doctors who came and took a sample of my blood. Later that day, I started stooling and vomiting. I stayed away from my family. I started washing my plates and spoons myself. My parents meanwhile, were convinced that I could not have Ebola.

The following day, Sunday 3rd of August, I got a call from one of the doctors who came to take my sample the day before. He told me that the sample which was they had taken was not confirmatory, and that they needed another sample. He did not sound very coherent and I became worried. They came with the ambulance that afternoon and told me that I had to go with them to Yaba. I was confused. Couldn’t the second sample be taken in the ambulance like the previous one? He said a better-qualified person at the Yaba centre would take the sample. I asked if they would bring me back. He said “yes.” Even with the symptoms I did not believe I had Ebola. After all, my contact with Sawyer was minimal. I only touched his I.V. fluid bag just that once without gloves. The only time I actually touched him was when I checked his pulse and confirmed him dead, and I wore double gloves and felt adequately protected.

I told my parents I had to go with the officials to Yaba and that I would be back that evening. I wore a white top and a pair of jeans, and I put my iPad and phones in my bag.
A man opened the ambulance door for me and moved away from me rather swiftly. Strange behavior, I thought. They were friendly with me the day before, but that day, not so. No pleasantries, no smiles. I looked up and saw my mother watching through her bedroom window.
We soon got to Yaba. I really had no clue where I was. I knew it was a hospital. I was left alone in the back of the ambulance for over four hours. My mind was in a whirl. I didn’t know what to think. I was offered food to eat but I could barely eat the rice.

The ambulance door opened and a Caucasian gentleman approached me but kept a little distance. He said to me, “I have to inform you that your blood tested positive for Ebola. I am sorry.” I had no reaction. I think I must have been in shock. He then told me to open my mouth and he looked at my tongue. He said it was the typical Ebola tongue. I took out my mirror from my bag and took a look and I was shocked at what I saw. My whole tongue had a white coating, looked furry and had a long, deep ridge right in the middle. I then started to look at my whole body, searching for Ebola rashes and other signs as we had been recently instructed. I called my mother immediately and said, “Mummy, they said I have Ebola, but don’t worry, I will survive it. Please, go and lock my room now; don’t let anyone inside and don’t touch anything.” She was silent. I cut the line.

I was taken to the female ward. I was shocked at the environment. It looked like an abandoned building. I suspected it had not been in use for quite a while. As I walked in, I immediately recognized one of the ward maids from our hospital. She always had a smile for me but not this time. She was ill and she looked it. She had been stooling a lot too. I soon settled into my corner and looked around the room. It smelled of faeces and vomit. It also had a characteristic Ebola smell to which I became accustomed. Dinner was served – rice and stew. The pepper stung my mouth and tongue. I dropped the spoon. No dinner that night.

Dr. David, the Caucasian man who had met me at the ambulance on my arrival, came in wearing his full protective ‘hazmat’ suit and goggles. It was fascinating seeing one live. I had only seen them online. He brought bottles of water and ORS, the oral fluid therapy which he dropped by my bedside. He told me that 90 percent of the treatment depended on me. He said I had to drink at least 4.5 litres of ORS daily to replace fluids lost in stooling and vomiting. I told him I had stooled three times earlier and taken Imodium tablets to stop the stooling. He said it was not advisable, as the virus would replicate the more inside of me. It was better he said to let it out. He said good night and left.

My parents called. My uncle called. My husband called crying. He could not believe the news. My parents had informed him, as I didn’t even know how to break the news to him.
As I lay on my bed in that isolation ward, strangely, I did not fear for my life. I was confident that I would leave that ward some day. There was an inner sense of calm. I did not for a second think I would be consumed by the disease. That evening, the symptoms fully kicked in. I was stooling almost every two hours. The toilets did not flush so I had to fetch water in a bucket from the bathroom each time I used the toilet. I then placed another bucket beneath my bed for the vomiting.
On occasion I would run to the toilet with a bottle of ORS, so that as I was stooling, I was drinking.

The next day Monday 4th of August, I began to notice red rashes on my skin particularly on my arms. I had developed sores all over my mouth. My head was pounding so badly. The sore throat was so severe I could not eat. I could only drink the ORS. I took paracetamol for the pain. The ward maid across from me wasn’t doing so well. She had stopped speaking. I couldn’t even brush my teeth; the sores in my mouth were so bad. This was a battle for my life but I was determined I would not die.

Every morning, I began the day with reading and meditating on Psalm 91. The sanitary condition in the ward left much to be desired. The whole Ebola thing had caught everyone by surprise. Lagos State Ministry of Health was doing its best to contain the situation but competent hands were few. The sheets were not changed for days. The floor was stained with greenish vomitus and excrement. Dr. David would come in once or twice a day and help clean up the ward after chatting with us. He was the only doctor who attended to us. There was no one else at that time. The matrons would leave our food outside the door; we had to go get the food ourselves. They hardly entered in the initial days. Everyone was being careful. This was all so new. I could understand, was this not how we ourselves had contracted the disease? Mosquitoes were our roommates until they brought us mosquito nets.

Later that evening, Dr. David brought another lady into the ward. I recognized her immediately as Justina Ejelonu, a nurse who had started working at First Consultants on the 21st of July, a day after Patrick Saywer was admitted. She was on duty on the day Patrick reported that he was stooling. While she was attending to him that night, he had yanked off his drip, letting his blood flow almost like a tap onto her hands. Justina was pregnant and was brought into our ward bleeding from a suspected miscarriage. She had been told she was there only on observation. The news that she had contracted Ebola was broken to her the following day after results of her blood test came out positive. Justina was devastated and wept profusely – she had contracted Ebola on her first day at work.

My husband started visiting but was not allowed to come close to me. He could only see me from a window at a distance. He visited so many times. It was he who brought me a change of clothes and toiletries and other things I needed because I had not even packed a bag. I was grateful I was not with him at home when I fell ill or he would most certainly have contracted the disease. My retreat at my parents’ home turned out to be the instrumentality God used to shield and save him.

I drank the ORS fluid like my life depended on it. Then I got a call from my pastor. He had been informed about my predicament. He called me every single day morning and night and would pray with me over the phone. He later sent me a CD player, CDs of messages on faith and healing, and Holy Communion packs through my husband. My pastor, who also happens to be a medical doctor, encouraged me to monitor how many times I had stooled and vomited each day and how many bottles of ORS I had consumed. We would then discuss the disease and pray together. He asked me to do my research on Ebola since I had my iPad with me and told me that he was also doing his study. He wanted us to use all relevant information on Ebola to our advantage. So I researched and found out all I could about the strange disease that has been in existence for 38 years. My research, my faith, my positive view of life, the extended times of prayer, study and listening to encouraging messages boosted my belief that I would survive the Ebola scourge.

There are five strains of the virus and the deadliest of them is the Zaire strain, which was what I had. But that did not matter. I believed I would overcome even the deadliest of strains. Infected patients who succumb to the disease usually die between 6 to 16 days after the onset of the disease from multiple organ failure and shock caused by dehydration. I was counting the days and keeping myself well hydrated. I didn’t intend to die in that ward.

My research gave me ammunition. I read that as soon as the virus gets into the body, it begins to replicate really fast. It enters the blood cells, destroys them and uses those same blood cells to aggressively invade other organs where they further multiply. Ideally, the body’s immune system should immediately mount up a response by producing antibodies to fight the virus. If the person is strong enough, and that strength is sustained long enough for the immune system to kill off the viruses, the patient is likely to survive. If the virus replicates faster than the antibodies can handle however, further damage is done to the organs. Ebola can be likened to a multi-level, multi-organ attack but I had no intention of letting the deadly virus destroy my system. I drank more ORS. I remember saying to myself repeatedly, “I am a survivor, I am a survivor.”

I also found out that a patient with Ebola cannot be re-infected and they cannot relapse back into the disease as there is some immunity conferred on survivors. My pastor and I would discuss these findings, interpret them as it related to my situation and pray together. I looked forward to his calls. They were times of encouragement and strengthening. I continued to meditate on the Word of God. It was my daily bread.

Shortly after Justina came into the ward, the ward maid, Mrs Ukoh passed on. The disease had gotten into her central nervous system. We stared at her lifeless body in shock. It was a whole 12 hours before officials of W.H.O came and took her body away. The ward had become the house of death. The whole area surrounding her bed was disinfected with bleach. Her mattress was taken and burned.

To contain the frequent diarrhea, I had started wearing adult diapers, as running to the toilet was no longer convenient for me. The indignity was quite overwhelming, but I did not have a choice. My faith was being severely tested. The situation was desperate enough to break anyone psychologically. Dr. Ohiaeri also called us day and night, enquiring about our health and the progress we were making. He sent provisions, extra drugs, vitamins, Lucozade, towels, tissue paper; everything we needed to be more comfortable in that dark hole we found ourselves. Some of my male colleagues had also been admitted to the male ward two rooms away, but there was no interaction with them.
We were saddened by the news that Jato, the ECOWAS protocol officer to Patrick Sawyer who had also tested positive, had passed on days after he was admitted.

Two more females joined us in the ward; a nurse from our hospital and a patient from another hospital. The mood in the ward was solemn. There were times we would be awakened by the sudden, loud cry from one of the women. It was either from fear, pain mixed with the distress or just the sheer oppression of our isolation.

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 diarrhea 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 antimalarial 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 cannot 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 the 12th of August. 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 comes 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 the 16th of August, 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 baptized 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 recognize 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 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 specialize 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%, I would be part of the 1% 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 criticized 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.


We’d like to thank Dr. Ada Igonoh for sharing her inspirational story with BellaNaija.

We’re hoping the spread of Ebola Virus is curbed soon, and we’re thankful for all the health workers and medical researchers around the world, who are working tirelessly to achieve this goal.


597 Comments on MUST READ! Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death…Dr. Ada Igonoh survived Ebola – This is her Story
  • Lamie September 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Wow…this moved me to tears. Thank God for her life

    • olive D September 15, 2014 at 4:16 pm


    • Brenda September 16, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Me too, beautiful acts of kindness in the midst of awful suffering.

    • Dr. Craig September 16, 2014 at 8:18 am

      Didn’t realise it myself until I saw the drops on my phone’s screen.
      God is indeed faithful and his mercy knows no end.
      Some will surely ask that if this “God” is so faithful and so merciful, why did the pregnant nurse die, or the hospital maid or the brave consultant or the countless others in Liberia and Serria Leone? Were there no devout Christians amongst them or God fearing Muslims?
      All i can say is that His ways are far above our ways and his purposes and plans are perfect and always just.

      She asked where does God start and Medicine end?

      In the isolation ward she was told that she had to rehydrate and stay on top of the situation. Keep your fluids up and help your immunity fight the virus. She followed simple instructions and held on to her faith. Finally two weeks later she cut the red tape and walked out free.

      In the wilderness the Israelites were struck with a plague of venomous snakes and they were surely going to die. God said to Moses, make a perfect snake from bronze and raise it up on a pole. As many as look up to it will be saved. Silly right? But they were simple instructions. Moses did as he was told and those who looked up and had faith were saved.

      Mankind was struck with a plague of sin. All of us were doomed to die. But God sent a perfect man and offered him as a sacrifice for our sin. He was raised up on the cross and all we had to do was look up to him, have faith and be saved. Silly right? But these are simple instructions. Wont you come to Jesus today?

      • HMM September 16, 2014 at 11:48 am


      • HMM September 16, 2014 at 11:51 am


        So many diligent christians here. BLESSSSSSSSSSSS HIS NAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Isreal King September 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm

        ‘Very good analogy. Well done sir. May this piece draw many to the saving Grace of the Lord Jesus

      • Michael September 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm

        Pls Sir, the instructions she was given were ‘science-based’! They were instructions backed by knowledge and experience. To suddenly proffer religious instructions is foolhardy and a tad obnoxious!

        It is misleading and leads to death! The things that saved Dr. Ada’s life are clearly “a positive approach” and “strict adherence to scientific advice”. I must admit some get their positivity from religion and if that does it for you, pls, by all means do that! Nevertheless, don’t mis-interpret the accounts; nor employ less-discerning eyes to err in that regard!

        It was the strict adherence to scientific prescriptions that led to the healing process! And before you utter a word in argument, science (psychology, physiology, psychiatry, etc) fully expounds on having a positive outlook as a scientific in altering health/moods; etc. Like I earlier mentioned, if u get this through religion, good for you. Bt more scientifically-proven methods include regular exercise, healthy sex life, balanced diets, restful sleep, fruits, veggies and tons and tons of fun thoughts & activities. (I admit religion would be preferred by most rather than these); but it doesn’t eradicate the fact(s).

      • Que September 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm

        I opened this article on my tablet, yesterday and somehow just got round to reading it…. She got me crying, then I stopped for a while, only to start again after reading your comment…. I have nothing to add! I was just sharing the same sentiments with a friend at the weekend…sometimes its just about following what seems so simple, but our supposed intelligence makes us believe it cant possibly be that easy…except when true experiences such as this is indeed possible. . I cant even say much else cos the article and your comment has said what needs saying!

        I still hold onto the hope that we will overcome even beyond Ebola!

      • Okeowo Temilade September 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        God bless you sir!

      • Dr. Craig September 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm

        Dear Micheal,

        I was answering Dr. Ada’s question about God and Medicine. The analogy i painted refers to Asclepius’ staff, a snake on a rod, which is till this day a symbol of modern medicine. The origins of this symbol are found in ancient Isreal.

        I do not begrudge you for your agnosticism or aethism. Some people’s life experiences have caused them to doubt the existence of a creator. But can you honestly begrudge me for my faith? All of my life I have felt the divine hand of God and I am a living testimony to his great love.

        I wish you the best in your journey and pray you find the kind of joy and peace that I (and 1314 others- and counting) have found.

        Kind regards,

      • 4real September 17, 2014 at 6:03 pm

        Michael, Dr Craig a big emphasis on “Following instructions”.
        And lady was able to keep up with these instructions because her spirit was very strong. I bet you that if others’ spirits were strong they would have been able to follow the instructions well and survived too.

        Seeing how mean this disease is to the physical body. A very strong spirit needed to fight for one’s life when infected.

      • GOD’SGIFT September 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm

        All Praise be unto THE GOOD LORD, HE is a MIRACLE WORKING GOD indeed. When the wisdom of men and the entire knowledge is applied to a problem without yielding solution, the only ONE to run to is GOD. GOD exists! GOD is real! GOD lives! This is more than a testimony. When you call upon HIM in the day of trouble, HE is able to deliver. For he that dwelleth in the secret place of THE MOST HIGH shall abide under the shadow of THE ALMIGHTY. Praise be unto THE MIRACLE WORKING JESUS!

      • SirKAY September 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

        Great testimony and an admirable faith in action. Faith without work is dead. She worked out her healing through her faith. As for those who do not believe in God, i pray you will not have to go through the fire test before you will believe. I went through the fire test and believed, but other people’s experience and testimonies should be enough to make you believe.
        As for me and my house, we shall serve the LORD!. JESUS is LORD!. Psalm 91 is good to meditate upon. God bless NIGERIA.

      • Michael September 19, 2014 at 9:22 pm

        Dear Dr. Craig, thank you for your comments. Let me first state that I respect your decision to be religious. One of the 30 human rights we all are entitled to since Dec 10, 1948 is the Right to a Religious belief.

        I am very excited over Dr. Ada’s “miracle”. This is no forum to discuss religion but to rejoice with her even as we mourn with those families that lost loved ones to this same pestilence.

        Nevertheless, let me apologize in advance for what I am about to say. I hope I don’t get you too irate. I have to say it cos if not corrected, this information would once again be accepted as truth by most; and the cycle of ignorance or perhaps, ‘false knowledge’ continues and our youths remain at best, ‘half-baked’ in the realm of things.

        Some of your facts are wrong. The staff you speak of (in medicine) doesn’t have its origins in ancient Israel, but the Mystics of the East thousands of years b4 christianity. This story of “ancient Israel” is the ‘lie fed us by Christianity, in a bid to make modern things spring from itself”. That staff has always represented the “rising of the kundalini through the 7 chakras as u would notice it has 7 points where the snakes cross each other. This has been practiced for donkey years b4 the “christian myth” came to light.”

        The christian lie seeks everything it can lay hands on to validate itself. For example, it’s so easy to hear people say “America was founded by Christians with christian principles”. This is another classic lie. History proves the founding fathers of America were not Christians, but mystics! They even abhorred Christianity. Check the records. Back then, fewer people went to church fewer times than we have today. Some of them like Thomas Jefferson and James Adams openly suggested the abolishment of Christianity! Once again, please check historical documents!

        Please, I have no issues with your belief. If it gives you a great outlook on life, by all means continue with it. All I had (and still have ) an issue with was the somewhat “manipulation” to turn a lady’s victory into a ‘”christian message”. Yes, the lady is Christian (no doubt) from her text, but even she, demonstrated a great degree of caution in that regard and was very objective with her writing. Playing the ‘favorite religion card’ with this great victorious story undermines the whole thing.

        Would you be saying a Muslim should feel he’s lost his way because the narrator of the story refers to Christianity in her story? That may be a tad improper, don’t u think? But your actions could be assumed to imply that!

        And if u really imply that, then, my philosophical question to you would be: If the Bible is proof that the Bible was a gift from a god, then logically, the Qu’ran is proof of Allah, and the Torah is proof of the Jewish Yahweh, and the Vedas is proof of the Hindu gods and Kojiki and Nihon-gi are proof of the Shinto gods, the hieroglyphics of Egypt are proof of the Egyptian gods and the Book of Mormon is proof that good men will receive their own planet after they die.

        If you wish to use the Bible as proof of the Christian god, you must disprove the validity of all the other Holy Books of every religion. Using a Holy Book to prove the god described in the book is secular reasoning and shows a decided lack of critical thinking.

        Nevertheless, “thank GOD’ for Dr. Ada’s story!

      • Myrth Lee-Wright October 14, 2014 at 5:06 am

        Dr. Craig, thank you for these encouraging words. These w0rds have lifted my faith, let us continue to pray for healing and strength also Blood coverage in the name of Jesus our soon coming King. God Bless!

    • yetunde bolarinwa September 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      This is a very touching story with lots of lesson to learn .Loving other in the mist of uncertainty,caring for others when you know u your self might be a victim.imagine contacting ebola first day at work…….. i can not but weep .Obedience to Gods”instruction is a vital key and the first step of living victoriously in this chaotic life.What of if Dr ada did not yield to going on a retreat.What would have happen to the husband and her?

    • iba September 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      OMG OMG OMG OMG! I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo emotional right now, it is just crazy. OMG i dont know this lady from Adam but as i read this article i felt i was there with her. She was and is not the best but you had mercy on her and others and saveddddddddddddddddd them. Lord i am about to go crazy on you right now but i thank you so much.

      Dr Ada i rejoice with you and i mean this from the depth of my heart. To all the selfless doctors and volunteers, not forgetting the WHO team, God bless you real good. You didnt have to but you all did. God bless you all and God bless Nigeria.

    • Nana Boakye September 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      I’m in tears as I type. Thank God for Dr. Ada Igonoh’s life but for those who didn’t make it, may their souls rest in perfect peace. They fought a good battle for Nigeria.

  • Anon September 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I had goosebumps as I read this.

    • Sisi September 15, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Me too. God forbid but I felt like I was in the room with her based on how vivid her narration was. Chilling.

  • Bleed Blue September 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I cannot be the only one that found myself crying at the end of this story.

    I have no words really. Thank you for sharing and thank God for you.

    • September 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      You waited till d end. I was bawling before I read halfway. This lady is a giant in d spirit! Awesome God! I wish I knew her personally to hug her. God bless u Dr. Ada

    • Nike September 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      This story moved me.
      This phrase got me “I was full of faith yet pragmatic enough to take ors”

      • Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu September 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

        Me too, Faith and medicine can go hand in hand

    • A September 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Reading this article in the office and I couldn’t control the tears..
      Alihamdulilai for the lives saved and for those lost.. I believe they are in a better place.
      Nurse Justina’s story was really sad though.. To resume work only to contact a disease that not only killed her but her baby as well all because someone (Patrick Sawyer) decided not to do the right thing. Allah aleem!

    • iRen September 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      I cried from the first time she mentioned speaking with her pastor.

    • beautifulonyinye September 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      I cried too.Thank God she survived.

    • fatimah September 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      I cried even with smile on my face for her survival…

  • Fola September 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Wow! This made me cry. Jesus! I rejoice with this woman. Miracles still happen. Oh my God.. I don’t know what to write. Thank you Lord for performing your words in the life of this brave woman full of faith! Faith works!

  • Evans September 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Best article i have read in a long time. Faith indeed moves mountain! Whatever anyone like let them think, as for me i cant doubt the efficacy of God’s power bcos i have experienced it several times. Thank God for God. May your healing be permanent IJN.

    • Joy Okoli September 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Dr Ada, I met you in the coffee shop and i love you as a sister. When i heared that you are the one i told God that you will not die. I went to the hospital and i was told that you said that you will come out and testify and i agreed with you in prayer. God knows i pray for and other doctors that you will come out it and God prove that He is the Almighty God. Glory honour and adoration be given to our great God amen.

  • Bake September 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    i have goose bumps all over me reading this story……Dr. Ada i am so happy for you and your family,….Ebola can sometimes be like cancer as it takes a whole lot of faith and determination for the body to fight off the deadly disease….I will say again that Lagos state govt really tried their best during this ebola battle, for those condemning the centres please kindly volunteer to take care of these people. we thank God for taking away ebola from Nigeria hopefully for good. and for the countries still affected, our prayers are with them. Africa will overcome Ebola!

  • Changing Faces September 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I have cried soo hard, my face is a mess! I was catapulted to the experience, and experienced the highs and lows you described! God bless you Ada, you have renewed my faith in a way the pulpits haven’t been able to. I salute your courage and spirit. God bless all the doctors, nurses, cleaners, cooks, drivers…anyone at all who put themselves at risk to help the sick. I’m awed by the foreign doctors and health workers who travel to countries battling epidemics to lend their time and expertise… their actions are “Christ-like”. Kudos to Lagos state too, although they weren’t prepared initially, they did their utmost best to contain this virus.

    You may want to consider publishing a book on your experience Ada, your narrative is excellent.

    • jay September 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Me too ….. I cried so much like I lost my sister….. and at last i smiled too at the end….. GOD IS REAL, FAITH IS REAL…..

  • Ewa September 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    God be praised!!! Oh lord…

  • Dandelion September 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    You are blessed. The fact is that everyday we are allowed to begin a new day is an indication that our journey on this earth has not ended. So go on and live your life.

  • Oluwabusola Adedire September 15, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    This has boosted my faith a hundred times. Thanks for sharing.

  • Desert Rainbow September 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Na wah. All sorts of emotions reading this sha…,Thank you God for sparing her life.May the souls of the dead RIP. Na real wah!

  • ronke September 15, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I thank God for her life,may God rest the souls of the departed. I couldnt stop reading till i got to the very end. Its truly a miracle.

  • Jay September 15, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Awesome…. God is great and greatly to be praised. Extremely happy for you and your family Dr. Ada…

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  • Chika September 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Praise God!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ty September 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Praise almighty Jesus!!!!

  • fehintola September 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    To God be the glory, great things he has done,OMG, woah, can’t stop shedding tears, the Lord is indeed great. RIP to the great ones that lost their battle, u are indeed great.

  • Cee September 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Cried from the beginning of her testimony till the end. God bless her family, Pastor, doctors and everyone that allowed themselves to be used as angels of God. Thank God for His deliverance and teaching us faith through her testimony.

  • Adannablu September 15, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Very touching,very scary. I need to settle down and read again before I comment. Amazing testimony.

  • Adannablu September 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Sounds like a movie. God is good. Amazing. Dr Ada Igonoh you’re a miracle. God bless you husband and pastor. I don’t know what to write now. Brb.

  • mamamo September 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I was really emotional read this…Thank You lord you are indeed the balm of Gilead….

  • Tea September 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I am speechless! Praise be to God, there is no God like Jehova!

  • mamamo September 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm


  • Miranda September 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Awesome God! may your name be praised forever

  • Adannablu September 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    BN this is what we should be reading on Mondays. It sets the tone for a faith full week. Good job guys.

  • ibi September 15, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    To GOD BE THE gLORY, GREAT things he has done. we rejoice with you! thank you for sharing your experience.

  • Dollydimples September 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Wow!!!This is a sign that Miracles Still Happen…D Almighty God doesnt sleep nor slumber..So hapy 4u ma’am!!

  • ceetoo September 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I cried when I read this, but I even cried more when I read the nationalities of the doctors that provided care I quote :
    ” I commend the dedication of the W.H.O doctors, Dr. David from Virginia, USA, who tried several times to convince me to specialize 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.”
    Docs from USA, Argentina, Italy and I just cried more, these guys come from far and wide to help I mean untop how much? I honestly praise the lagos state govt and I today pledge to help in every little way I can… God help me fight fear. I am crying to much now. After now someone will say why did our celebrity do Ice bucket challenge and why not? … hiss

  • olanike September 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    OMG. it’s a detailed account. I really want to bless God for your life and i rejoice with your family. I believe in God and i know with faith we can overcome any trials. Welcome back to life

  • tey September 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Thank God, i was not the only one so touched. Yes, I cried and cried and cried.
    All i can say is thank God for your life Dr Ada. This gives hope over so many things in life which people go through. No matter the circumstance- once we decide and with God’s will, we can come out victorious.

  • fifi September 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Praise God! We serve a living God. Dr Ada thank you for sharing your experience with us. God bless and keep you and your family. Amen

  • tallgal September 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Waoh. I had to read this line by line and I was moved to tears..Like she said at the end, there are so many questions we cannot answer on this side of eternity but like her too, I also walked through the valley of death, I feared evil but God kept me. I tested positive to hep B in early April just when we were about ending the 100days fast (RCCG) and I could not explain how I came about it. All I know is that people were praying for me and I was also positive that the viral load would come out negative. In all this, I took the mantle (anointing oil Daddy G.O) we were given during the March special Holy Ghost Service holy communion service and applied my faith.
    YES Faith that God would heal me and I will not be quiet..My blood samples was sent to a Lab in Houston and after a long wait (5days), it came out negative but because I wanted to be sure, we sent another sample and it came out negative again.
    That was all to the glory of God and if God did it for me, He can do it for YOU, YOU and YOU.
    Never loose faith

  • Toks September 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Wow!!!! God is really great….A very touching story,Thanking God for her life and praying he takes total control of helping west Africa fight this disease… Am sooo dazed… And inspired… Thank God

  • Me Now September 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I’m usually pretty stoic about things but I was so emotional reading this Doctors account. I was moved to tears several times. I thank God that you life was spared. May those who succumbed to the scrounge rest in peace. Their contribution to Nigeria will never be forgotten.

    • Carliforniabawlar September 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Me too o!! I have an “anti-read this and cry” persona….lol. But I sure did tear up reading this…I imagined what she went through, I was all emotional and then it hit me…This is the perfect balance of faith and ‘science'(works)!!Dr. Ada worked hard! Yes, the Lord is merciful, but they (her family, friends and herself) never gave up…. She drank her ORS, she prayed constantly, she confessed positively….these are things most children of God (at least myself) claim to do in times of distress but only do so passively, as if to say “God has sha heard me the first time” forgetting that the FERVENT prayer of the righteous avails much….instead when we don’t get the desired results, we doubt the existence of God, question his love, wonder why it happened for some others and not us. Like she said, no one can claim to have answers to all the questions of live and I am not claiming to either, I just know I learned a great deal from this account and testimony. And fellow believers though we may never struggle and fight for our life like this Doc. we can learn several life lessons from this….never stop, never give up, be practical, do your research, surround yourselves with brethren!
      To all the doctors out there helping to fight the ebola plague, may the Lord continue to guide and protect you. And to the ones departed may you find peace….
      n.b. Can someone please confirm that Patrick Sawyer was a doctor?? Really??

      • Mz Socially Awkward…. September 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

        Honey, you can say that again and a few times more. You’re definitely preaching to me.

      • Omolara September 16, 2014 at 12:03 am

        I just exclaimed when I read your comment. Thank you! You have just blessed me in many ways you can’t understand. Our prayers ought to be Fervent, Continuous and Persistent till the day breaks! If we say we believe in God then we should believe till the end, in good times and in challenging times.

        We also have to be very eternity conscious so that we don’t love this world and the things In this world so much that we turn our backs on God when things don’t work as we desire. This is not to say we shouldn’t “fight” for our lives (through meditation, prayer and due diligence) and decree God’s promises over our lives. #Pray #Meditate #GodsWord #HaveFaith

      • Omolara September 16, 2014 at 12:11 am

        To think I was listening to this much earlier in the day: Seems like a reminder to me not to give up on praying no matter how long it takes to receive my answer, after all, I know how long Abraham and Sarah (my faith parents) waited!

  • Bummite September 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I’m just in tears. Totally lost for words. Thank you Jesus for dying to save us and redeeming us from sin and it’s consequences (death, sickness and poverty). Jesus indeed is Lord.

  • princesslizzy September 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I thank God for you and love your testimony. though we were expecting same from Dr.Adadevoh and Justina but like you said there are some questions we cannot get the answers here on earth. Congrat.

  • ugo September 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    God is a miracle Worker. This story is a touching one

  • Akinsanya Olayinka September 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Indeed our God is a healer, thank God for the kind of faith he’s given u, my soul is lifted . Ur story made me cry n increase my faith. Tank God for His healing in ur life, may He continue to uphold n strenghten ur faith.

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  • Miss E September 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks Bellanaija for hosting this article, it’s very important to connect with the people that went through this trial because they are actual humans with lives and families and not just statistics. This article really speaks on bravery, our strength as humans and our God who cares.

  • Isioma September 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Tying so hard to fight back tears….. this is sooooooo painful to read.

  • trailblazer September 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I read this account till the end and all I can say is …Wow!!! God be praised!!! Indeed, God is still in the business of performing signs and wonders

  • Swits September 15, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Amazing miraculous story!May God’s name be praised forever!This story got me shedding tears as i was reading through it. God really proved Himself in you my dear. You are truly a divine project. Glory to God!

  • anon September 15, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    OMG Adaora are u joking OMG….she was my classmate in fowler this got me crying….I’m so sorry about all this thank God u survived….May God continue to protect you and keep you safe to continue your hard work of saving lives…Amen

  • Bunmi September 15, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Bruno, do you still believe there is no God?

    • Africhic September 15, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Why do you people do this? You like unnecessary drama. Why are you calling his name now?

  • Shadylaj September 15, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I was in tears as i read. I bless God for your life. You conquered indeed.All glory, honour and adoration be unto the most high GOD.

  • September 15, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    ….and i wept like a Kindergarten kid reading this testimony. So narrative that i felt like was in the isolation ward with her.
    Dr Igonoh i join millions of of citizens of the world to say Congrats for your survival from this plague and thank you as you continue to serve humanity; and also God’s blessings and strength to all those that have risked or still risking their lives to help fight this scourge! God bless! Thanks to Bella for posting too!

  • anonymous September 15, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    this moved me to tears…It is well with you Dr Ada and may God cleanse us all of this disease and take it from our land IJN

  • cynthia September 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Omg! Omg! Adoara is this you. Tears flowing down my eyes as I read this survivor story of someone I know. We attended the same medical school. Thank God for your life ada.

  • mamaisabel September 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    God is awesome!

  • Miss Anonymous September 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm


  • Dee September 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Her story got me all teary eyed, we thank God for her healing. Her faith and resilience can teach all of us something.

  • tee September 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Hmmmmm!so touchn,my heart beatn fast as i read tru ha story.its ndeed a survival happy 4 ha.was movd to tears 4 d preg nurse,dnt even knw wat to say.

  • Themi September 15, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I kept looking at this face and saying ‘dont i know this person’?
    We did housejob together in luth barely 2-3 years ago!Life… never know what lies ahead.
    Omg!This is really close to home…Had tears in my eyes reading this and girl….i can only thank the Lord….He did this.This is just the beginning.You will live long and declare His glory.

  • edie September 15, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    speechless,dear God please continually keep us in Jesus nm!

  • chikodi September 15, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    it is good to have faith in GOD

  • Merceemii September 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you God. Thank you!

  • kels September 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I believe in miracles. This story has got me sooooo encouraged! Am so glad you survived.

  • Debby September 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Glory be to God in the highest, what a touching story.

  • Bellemoizelle September 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks be to God almighty!!!
    where is Bruno? You seem to be missing oooo! make you come see this one!

  • kels September 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Bleed blue your not the only one crying. I have buckets of tears dropping

  • i no send September 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    im speechless and my heart is heavy..To God who is able to do much more than we can imagine be the glory..DrAda i say thank you and God bless you for this clear account of Gods faithfulness.

  • Bukky September 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    To God be the glory.I serve a living God who is ever faithful

  • chuka September 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    What can mortal man say? Ada, thanks be to God for His mercy on you..

  • AdannaBlu September 15, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Hmmm, still don’t know what to say….its well. I am not a church person like that oh,but I feel like going to church now. Praise the Lord.

  • x-factor September 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Wow!!! Awesome God you are
    Your husband is THE man. God bless his HIM…

  • Zayt September 15, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    My God! Was moved to tears reading this. I thank God for your life, God is indeed faithful!!! Verily after every hardship comes relief…Alhamdulillah for the gift of life!

  • chibaby September 15, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Dr. ada i thank u for sharing this with us and also thank yu for the faith u have in God almighty.
    i pray 2day that this deadly virus will leave our country and other countries suffering frm this virus. and for those who died saving this nation God will forgive their sins and purify their soul into his heavenly kingdom where is will be no pain, no sickness but happiness forever.

  • jenny September 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    This is really a testimony worth sharing….my eyes are teary now knowing that God is still in the miracle working business.All i can say is thank you God.

  • ada September 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I honestly bless God for u… I can’t even begin to describe how much ur story touched… one as a Medical personnel and as a christian..
    This just renewed my faith and comes to prove that education/disease information does help.
    I’m so happy u are better and above all… our God is good and is faithful!
    Thank u for sharing. .. and I urge everybody to be careful, use sanitizers and don’t fail to wash your hands. .

  • Temitope Adegbuyi September 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    God is indeed the ultimate, the story has really encouraged my faith in christ………… it also brought me to tears. im so overwhelmed with joy in my heart. God bless your mum, hubby and family

  • AdannaBlu September 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I agree x-factor, your husband is my kind of man.

  • Phina September 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Dr Ada, you are blessed. Because you believe in miracles, the God of miracles will continue to be your God. The Lord is your refuge and fortress and will always protect you.

  • chibaby September 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    where there will be no pain, no sickness but happiness forever.

    • chidi e September 16, 2014 at 8:16 am

      Amen! Thanks for that,Shishi. Chidaddy

  • detutt September 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    God you are indeed a mighty God, only YOU HEALED this lady, thank YOU GOD…

  • Noble ( September 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    To God be the glory,great things he has done…Praise the lord! Praise the lord!

  • Mostest September 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Wowwwww. I couldn’t hold back the tears. Thank God for your life Dr Ada, thank God for the amazing support system you have, for giving you faith, for giving you the knowledge and intuition to research, for taking your destiny back into your hands and not waiting on help from anywhere. Thank God for the foreign volunteer who told you the first time, your survival is up to you. Those words alone is motivation and hope to fight for your life. I can’t stop crying

  • Mimi September 15, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Amazing… Just Wow! This goes to show that everyone in that situation did awesome job and went beyond everything. If only that foolish man had said he had Ebola the process would have been much faster but I am impressed with everyone involved. I wish the media will stop saying no one is doing anything.

  • princess September 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. My prayer everyday is that even this shall pass away and soon the entire continent will be Ebola free. Thank God for all those who put themselves in harms way to take care of infected patients. May God be with us all

  • winf September 15, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Only a fool will say there is no God, even in the midst of our pain, He is still God. This is a gospel & sister, preach it on. There is God & He is Supreme over ALL either things or beings.

  • Lizi September 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I could not just stop the tears. Thank God for healing you.

  • adewunmi September 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    So touching,I was moved to tears I pray that d Jehovah will Av mercy on us &protect us all in dis country

  • AdannaBlu September 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Hey Dr Ada Igonoh, I just finished reading yur article again(4Times) nd I am speechless. The details are scary,yu sure hav bn to hell nd back. Thank God for yur life. Yu hav another shot at life to live with humility. Yu are not better than all that died and i pray this shows in yur lifestyle afterwards. This is not time to go back to business as usual,this is time to be grateful,show more love and follow God. If i may ask, is this not the same Dr Ada Thisday newspaper said was abandoned by her hubby nd another site said she was a divorcee? Na wa o, Naija press nd lies. Imagine how all of yu judged her hubby nd called him names.(Poor guy) God would judge yu all. i knew something was not right with that story. Dr Ada Igonoh dont mind them oh, I guess yur enemies would try to break yur marriage if they cant kill yu.

    Be grateful for life because yu get to live again.
    Be grateful for a husband that supports his wife for better for worse.(Such men are rare this days,hold him tight)
    Be grateful for a pastor that took time to care. (Yu should have mentioned his name so we can identify with him)
    Be grateful for a govt that acted swiftly.(Even tho the lied about immune boosters)(Govt/Employer should compensate all ebola victims,just thinkin tho)
    Be grateful to everyone that prayed but above all thank yur God for the gift of Life.

    Thank you BN for this inspiring post.

    • Trina September 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Quite a silly, patronising comment.

      Are you really advising her to be grateful for all these things you mentioned? Does she sound like someone who needs to be introduced to gratitude? Asking her to hold her husband tight? Really? Wow! Nobody else thought of that AdannaBlu. You’re a revolutionary thinker with such foresight!

      Get off your high horse and just thank God for her blessings and then move swiftly on.

      • bodesoye September 17, 2014 at 1:35 am

        Thanks a lot for this reply. AdannaBlu needed to hear/read that. “Get off your high horse and just thank God for her blessings and then move swiftly on.”… my best line.

    • Gertie September 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

      While we emphatize with those that fell to ebola, I don’t understand this call for compensation. Didn’t the govt do their part? Maybe govt shd start compensating every family that has lost someone. Hiss
      Dr. Ada, you are a living testimony and GOD is going to do more for you so HIS name will 4ever be praised.

    • ola September 18, 2014 at 1:48 am

      How patronising can you get??? I can’t fathom how you think your comment is in any way appropriate.

    • Yemisi January 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      The pastor is none other than our unsung pastor -pastor PT. Through the leading of The Holy Spirit unshakable believers in Our Savior Jesus Christ has been born.God s. Glory shall fill the whole earth,His Kingdom shall be established on earth.Alleluia

  • Vic September 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    To God be the glory.i can’t stop crying.Only God knows why some live and some don’t survive .Dr.our God is still in the miracle business.

  • Chidinma September 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    wow! i rejoice wit U Dr Ada, indeed it was a fight of faith and i thank God your faith conquered. This is really an emotional piece that brought tears to my eyes, now i understand what really happened in the IDH Yaba, many thanks to the volunteer Docs, Nurses, W.H.O officials, Lagos state Govt, your Pastor, husband and family members for their spirited fight. God bless U Dr Ada.

  • chido September 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    this testimony is it.i celebrate with this lady. her Faith moved moutains,so can your faith also move moutains, I celebrate your life

  • Botascotch September 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Wow! Speechless… Tears, goose bumps… this increases my faith. thank u Jesus. This is more than a bible story… this is real.

  • Chris Chyere September 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Quite emotional! Goosebumps while I read. Your sharing this makes u a more admirable heroine. I thank God for your life & all glory be to Him. FAITH WORKS!!

  • Tolu September 15, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    God moves in a way we cannot see, He moves in a mysterious ways, a miracle working God is my God, I believe in miracle, I believe God works wonders… I am moved by the story of this lucky 1 among others. I pray that Ebola, MERs or any ravaging diseases or virus will not come near us and our families IJMN. Amen

  • Chidimma September 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Dr. Ada, Your story is another clear example of the manifestation of faith in the living God. You spoke it, you believed it and you prepared for its manifestation and lo, the Almighty came through for you. I praise God on your account and I pray that he’ll come through for all those, steadfast in their belief. IJN! Amen!

  • farida September 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    May God bless all the volunteer doctors. It take a lot of humility and kindness to volunteer for such a risky cause in a country like ours. God will richly reward u all.

  • Tina Ak. September 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Reading this alone has boosted my faith, of a truth, God is still in the business of healing. Thank you very much for sharing this story with us. may God be praise forever.

  • Lily September 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Ada… Ada…. God is with you. so teary and shocked. who would have thought it would be you? but we serve a merciful God. I’m so grateful for your testimony.

  • Fabulicious September 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I had tears in my eyes reading this.I thank God for your life.

  • Bella September 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    To God alone the Glory. In the face of all despair, he shows who is King, Faith moves mountains and God is there for those that know him. I praise you Lord Jesus, without you this world is morbid and full of death. These kind of hope stories strengthen our faith in your existence! IJN Amen! I also thank the Drs and nurses, black and white who are human and were human enough to care and love and support. To the pastor and fellow Christians, we are all here and there for each other! God is alive and well and he rules this world he made. AMEN

  • Viv September 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Indeed His a faithful God.

  • Pius Christiana O September 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I cant express how I feel right now, but this is a true story of determination and perseverance, above all faith in God .May the soul of the faithful departed rest in peace.

  • meeeee September 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    i cried allthrough.indeed God is faithful and he surely answers prayers.

  • Chris Chyere September 15, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Wouldn’t fail to say much kudos to Dr David & all d other care givers who gave u more hope & support. They will never lack help & assistance whenever, wherever & however they will need it. U ARE ALL GREAT!!

  • Ange September 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    how can I not drop a comment… reading this article, i felt all kinds of emotions..Gosh!!! we can never answer all the questions of life but one thing i know is God is faithful. Thank God for your great support system..pastor,hubby et al.. you are favored by God Dr Ada and RIP to those who have lost their lives in this battle. God will help us all.

  • AdannaBlu September 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Dr Ada Igonoh,I am inspired by your testimony. Now I guess it’s time to get my life together. What’s the name of your church abeg? I need to start going to church. One last thing does your hubby have a younger brother? (Tired of this guys around me) (Smiling but not joking) everyone has something to take away from her story,I guess mine is clear. BN thank you again for posting this.

  • chichi September 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Hot tears…speechless… THANK YOU…

  • Aleruchi Wabali September 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    All glory to God! Thank God for your life. Hugs!

  • Furo September 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I salute your courage Dr Ada. It’s really easy to talk about faith, but you didn’t just talk about it, You talked it and walked it.
    I’m sure God is proud of you according to Heb 11:6. Congrats my sister.
    Lord you sure are AWESOME!! Thank you Father! My faith in you is renewed!

  • anonymous September 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    adaora was my classmate in vivian fowler, your story just shows nothing is too great for our GOD. thankful for your life and your family’s life. i hope people will accept Christ after this story

  • guess September 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Lord be praised! It can only be you lord, not the drugs not ORS. It was you Lord,you and only you. Receive all our heartfelt praise. My faith is renewed.

  • Sugar September 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    This just made me trust God more and to be dedicated to a church.

  • Mimi September 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    To God be the glory.

  • Berry Dakara September 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Wow. The tears are spilling down my face. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

    May those who succumbed to the disease RIP.

  • Iphie September 15, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Can’t thank God enough for you. HE sure does work in mysterious ways.

  • otrizzy September 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Words can not express what am feeling now, Dr i thanks God for you.

  • Bukola September 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    He is a living good and I bless the name of the Lord for your life. Thank you for this recount. I”m also glad that you helped others in the ward to know God and this recount will strengthen our faith in God. God bless you. U have nothing to lose when you serve the living God.

  • Mz Socially Awkward… September 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Her recount caused many emotions to well up within me (the first trace of actual hatred for Patrick Sawyer, which I’ve honestly never felt before now; the pain of what it must have been like to see the ward maid and Justina die in those horrible conditions) but when I got to the end and read the commendations given to the W.H.O doctors, the volunteer Nigerian doctors, matrons and cleaners … that’s when I cried.

    I can’t think of any greater heroes than these human beings helping other humans selflessly. It’s the reason why Dr. Adevoh and some of her colleagues at First Consultant hospital are now dead. May God continue to protect and bless everyone volunteering their labor, knowledge and time to the cause of saving lives in times like these.

    Many thanks to BN for sharing this. Ada, I’m so glad to read your story and truly hope that you will consider following in the steps of your mentor and think about that specialization in infectious diseases. However, one thing at a time as you get back to your life as you once knew it …. and finally, I join you and Kent Brantley to say “Praise be to God, for another person saved!!!”.

    • Ekwitosi September 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Hm….. MS MSA this is quite an in eh!
      Thank you Dr Ada for such an honest from the heart write up. No drama just recounting step by step everything that went on with you. I am glad to read this and that you have the presence of mind to share this regardless of what people may say or feel. Our society is such a place that when we take a step forward we take two backwards I hope people will see this as a means to learn rather than stigmatize you.
      Thank God for the WHO doctors! These are men and women that have dedicated their lives to the calling and serving humanity whole heartedly. Also for your Pastor that combined both spiritual and modern medicine to help you combat this disease. Knowledge is power, how else can we move forward if not to use the tools the good Lord has provided us with? There is nothing like passing knowledge through word of mouth and I hope your Pastor will do the same with his congregation.
      @MSA I agree with you Dr Ada please consider what Dr David is asking of you to specialize in infectious disease medicine. Some of the biggest foundations out there were born of adversity. For instance Susan Goodman Komen died of breast cancer at the age of 33 in 1980. Her sister Nancy Goodman Brinker promised her that she would raise awareness and founded Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Komen’s memory in 1982. This is to raise awareness for the disease and also support research for the cure. Today it is one of the biggest foundations our there. Michael J.Fox is doing the same for Parkinson’s disease.
      This may be the beginning of greater things to come and from your write up I have no doubt that you are equal to the task! I liked the touch of you cutting the red ribbon to signify your freedom because truly this is a new lease to life. I look forward to hearing more about you. God Bless.

  • Chikala September 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    God is a miracle worker indeed! I personally have my own testimony. He healed off a horrible plague as well. I want to use this medium to help me to thank God. I thank God for her life as well.

  • sobix September 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    My eyes was flowed with tears by the end of this has really boosted my faith.Welcome back Dr.Adah

  • Tk September 15, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    HAlleluyah! I thank God for ur life! It was rili inspirational

  • Tim September 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing this story…. This line got me teary eyed “I remember saying to myself, “I have life; I can always replace these items.” Thank God for using you to bring hope to many. To God be all the praise and glory.

  • Carliforniabawlar September 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    If there were some type of serious international awards for blogging, BN deserves to be nominated for airing this life changing inspirational story!!

    • TA September 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      You know those were my thoughts too. Major kudos to BN for this story!
      I couldn’t stop crying.
      My God! Dr Adadevoh,Dr Ada, Dr Ohiaeri and all the wonderful folks at First Consultants deserve our deep gratitude . May God continue to bless you all richly.

  • mrs chidukane September 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Wow,what an inspiring story. I bless God for your life and for the doctors who risk their lives, leaving their safety nets to help others. When I read how Patrick Sawyer pulled out his iv and spilled his blood on Nurse Justina,I screamed! What a truly wicked man.

    You see, she went to stay with her parents because she didn’t think she was at risk but after the Minister of Health will say she escaped quarantine which is what they said of the nurse that went to visit her people in Enugu. I wish our journalists will attempt to verify their stories before they go to press.

  • Noksis September 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I cried so many times. Had to compose myself before coming to comment. It is very informative. There is no cure to Ebola as it seems. only her faith in God kept her. I believe that they were not given the ZMAp and Nano Silver been hyped because they were obviously not cure. i am sure her information on how much fluids would help and her faith to over come. My faith is increased.
    I thank God with you. It is just a miracle.
    I believe in miracles

  • Arin September 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Dr. Ada, God bless you for sharing this with us. For also letting the world know about the power of communion and the Word of God. I rejoice with you and your family.

  • Taiye September 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you Dr. Ada for sharing your story and giving hope to many. Jesus truly heals and the word and confession works wonders.

  • ene September 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    God! you are awesome……what a wonderful God we serve

  • Ifunanya Ilodibe nee Ugona September 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I have never commented on this blog before but I thought it imperative to comment. Ada, you are a sign and a wonder. Thank God for his faithfulness and his mercy. I remember when I was calling and you weren’t picking up. I was such a mess. And I remember how I screamed when you called me on my birthday. It was the best birthday present ever. I’m sure ppl thought I was nuts. I know that my redeemer liveth and there’s nothing impossible. Love u much sis

    • Akin Okuboyejo September 18, 2014 at 8:20 am

      10s of people have been cured of Ebola all over the world Funi…nd it’s mostly through the efforts of the likes of the local and foreign doctors who sacrifice their time as well as risk their lives to help. Certainly has nothing to do with magic dust falling down from heaven. The pregnant nurse prayed as well. Why were the lives of her and that of her unborn child not worthy of saving.

  • benny September 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Im crying… u are an inspiration

  • Waffles September 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story.
    I commend the Lagos state government for its diligence in handling the Ebola situation.

  • RITA September 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I wept over and over again as i read on,this indeed is a miracle,am so happy for her faith and determination,i bless God for the doctors and all who worked tirelessly,our Gd is indeed a miracle working God.

  • Xtsy September 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Dear doc, Pls let us know where to send contributions to patient’s thanks

  • Emma lee September 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Awesome. Well articulated testimony. Couldn’t stop the tears myself. May God keep you and your family. My faith has doubled! God’s word is True! It is HIs covenant.

  • Editrix69 September 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Wow! I’m speechless. Thank you, Lord. Miracles do happen. Dr. Ada, may God bless and continue to keep you. To those we lost to this awful illness, may your gentle souls continue to rest in peace, amen.

  • lilly September 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Hmmmmm….am speechless. May God be praised!

  • Eka Mbakara September 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Wow ! There is still God

  • jenny September 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    O LORD i thank U

  • Spicey September 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Glory!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was faith @ work in you big time. Your story is the story of God’s unending GRACE., mehhhn!!! I had to abandon my lunch to finish this (testimony). It was nothing but the hand of Almighty God on your life. You are a proof that God answers prayers. Congratulations!

  • YINKA September 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Tears…thank God

    • Ajiboye September 17, 2014 at 12:53 am

      Thank God for your life, may God Almighty heal all the remaining people that are still battling with the virus.May God clear Ebola off our Nation and the other Nations that are still battling with the virus.

  • Simbo Badmus September 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I was moved to tears. You have indeed come through the valley of the shadow of death. How awesome God is. I salute you for being a fighter and a survivor.Your life is now a story of inspiration,including that of Dr.Adadevoh. I salute your courage. God bless you.

  • Babe September 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Thank God for your life Dr Ada, Our God is a God of miracles

  • Francess September 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Tnk u lord…faith in Christ Jesus is essential for salvation…may God continue 2 bless d health workers .

  • Omalicha September 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I am in tears as I type this. Thanks for sharing this. Our God is awesome and this story just reinstated my faith in God. I am going through my own personal struggle and today I will put my hope abs trust in God. I lack words to describe how I am feeling right now. It is well! Only Him can turn a test into a testimony

  • TheSophiaBello September 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    OMG! I actually cried reading this. Thank God for your life Dr. Ada, may God continue to keep you.

  • Toptuti September 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    wow…., i could not but shed tears. I bless God for your life doc. He alone knows all things.

  • Desy September 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing, God is indeed faithful

  • olayemi owolabi September 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    wooooowwwwwwwwwwww,this story really move me to tears,,… happy for you oo dr ada,i pray to GOD that u will never experience such again and will also will never experience this deadly disease in our life(amen)

  • Fume September 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing, i cried all through and have been telling people to come read it. May God continue to bless and keep you and your family in good health. Amen

  • Ife September 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Congrats Ada. I thank God for you. Your life will be an asset to generations.

  • QueenBee September 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Amazing. Postive attitude and perspectives will always prevail! This was a wonderful testimony of what faith can do and bring you through.

  • Richbims September 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    “Jesus body was broken on the cross so that our body will not be broken again, He died so that we can have life”. The Bibles says: we are of God little children, therefore we have overcome the world because greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world! we overcome the world and it system through the blood of the lamb and our testimony.
    Wow!!! this story is a typical example of a fight of faith. God is real and miracle is real., as a child of God we can never be deceased because “that same spirit that raised up Jesus from the death is alive in us vitalizing our mortal body”,
    I’m so happy that finally people will agree that ebola is not the final because God’s word is actually the final. In any situation we find ourselves, let us hold on to the word of God as our shield because the word of God never fails and with God all things are possible.
    I’m so happy for Dr Ada and her family, I’m inspired by her level of faith. She is indeed a survivor. And i declared that you shall not die but you will live to declare the glory of God in your live in Jesus name Amen. Thank you BN for publishing such faith lifting story. God bless you Amen.

  • blessed September 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I try not to cry by just reading articles or things like that but I’m in tears right now. What joy and hope fills my heart just knowing that no matter the situation, It is never hopeless. The word of God belongs to us and is at work in our lives when we believe and act!!! Thanks so much for this Doc.

  • Maria September 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    My heart almost burst with emotions and trying hard to fight back tears. Congratulations Dr Ada. I applaud the volunteer doctors. I really appreciate them. they did what any human being would do in the beginning, stayed away because of lack of information, but the came back to support. that was very heroic and God bless there hearts and continue to protect them.
    I just really hope that Nigerians would stop criticising the government, at least, this story is an eye-opening to the efforts being made.
    May the lives that were lost find peace in the bosom of the Almighty, who knows best and cannot be questioned.

  • Isa September 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Thank God almighty for healing u dr Ada to him be the glory he’s name is Jehovah jireh our healer you are blessed for sharing your testimony to the world to the glory of God and to the shame of the devil

  • Luqman September 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Thank God for your safety! It really calls for glorification of God.
    Very touching story!

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  • didi September 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Its amazing how day after day i get reminded on the the existence of God and how he works in wonderful ways. I also get reminded on the power of positive thinking, realising that everything that happens in your life might not be controllable… but the end of that occurance might actually be controllable.
    im in awe right now of the works of God and even more improtantly im in awe that this doctor felt the need to shun stigmatization and share her story.
    God that has kept you this far will continue to strengthen and uphold you.
    im really inspired

  • Christine September 15, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Thank You Jesus…. There is power in The name of Jesus…..

  • me September 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    This is simply beautiful!!!

  • Laide September 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I kept asking myself why some people who had contact with Patrick decided to flee. Now I see hw horrible isolation can be and how it’s easy to criticize if u are not in their shoes. U a living testimony to Gods goodness and yes u threw away stigmatization because u will forever be victorious . I admire ur courage and as u were healed divinely I use u as a point of contact to other Ebola victims. I pray God cleanses our land of all diseases and plagues. Congratulations cos uve achieved ur primary aim in life.

  • Oluwatosin September 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks BN for this.

    Happy that we have a survivor that was willing to share her story. Highly emotional yet filled with lessons.

    Prayer alongside with action i.e using detergent, hand sanitizers, not sharing of personal items.

    Prayer + Early detection i. e reporting any suspicion to a hospital + following doctor’s advice.

    May God heal our land.

  • Jummy September 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Wooow Amazing God, I thank God for your life, you are indeed a testimony. We went to Igbinedion University together. This make this Ebola soo real and close to home. God is Jehovah Rapha our healer and grateful to him for making your life a testimony. May your testimony be permanent and may your joy be full IJN (Amen)

  • Tessa Doghor September 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Great are You, Lord. You are greatly to be praised, greatly to be praised, Father, You reign.
    I rejoice with you, Ada. The kingdom of God has come to you.
    Keep telling of His goodness..

    Dr. Brantly may have been criticized but his criticizers were not faced with death face to face and lived to tell it. They were just onlookers so they could not have understood the mercy of God unless they experienced it.

  • Free September 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Finally a detailed personal account from a Nigerian survivor. I’m so happy for her survival though I feel the pain of the loss of Justina and Dr Adadevoh, whose plights I’d followed from previous articles. I feel proud of the efforts the medical staff put in because it could have been much worse. I pray that a cure or prevention be found soon, and for God to deliver more people from this virus.

  • Tessa Doghor September 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Great are You, Lord. You are greatly to be praised, greatly to be praised, Father, You reign.
    I rejoice with you, Ada. The kingdom of God has come to you.
    Keep telling of His goodness..

    Dr. Brantly may have been criticized but his criticizers were not faced with death face to face and lived to tell it. They were just onlookers so they could not have understood the mercy of God unless they experienced it.

    Glory to God

  • temmie September 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    God is still in the business of doing Wonders. This is an exceptional case. I admire your strength and courage. Many thanks to all the health workers who risked their lives to take care of the sick and to the LS govt. May God continue to be with you Dr. Ada, Thanks for sharing. This is truly a Faith booster! Glory to God!

  • George September 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Hope this story goes Hollywood. So the platform for encouragement/motivation is broader. Wow.

  • senavoe September 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Alhamdulilah, it was conquered and so shall it be in the other west African states. and to those who lost the battle, we pray for your families and wish them all a happy hereafter.

    Alhamdulilah! may my country be big enough someday not to depend on foreign aids to save lives and to be able to complement faith and worship with effort.

  • Opsy September 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    The tears won’t stop and I had to read every bit of it…

    I do not know you but I’m thankful for your life and that of your loved ones. I’m particularly glad you were with your parents and not your husband at the time…

    I’m sad and very sorry about the lives that were lost but I’m thankful too, they’ll never be forgotten…

    In all of this many thanks to God Almighty, all the care givers, the volunteer doctors here at home and those from different parts of the world. May God bless them all, Amen!

  • Jossy September 15, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    God reigns forever! What a victory! Glory to God in the highest. God bless and keep you my sister. Hmmmmmm

  • Kenny Jossy September 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    What an awesome God we serve. Its only a fool that will say there’s no God. I thank God for this beautiful woman’s life May God in his mercies continue to uplift her. For those still battling the disease, i ask for God’s healing in Jesus Name Amen

  • Nago September 15, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Dr Ada, ur narrative caused some goose bumps and tears. God is indeed faithful and wonderful. And believe me when I say that even though we as Nigerians don’t know u, we all were praying for u and others. I thank God immensely for ur survival. Thank you for speaking out and being honest about d exact situation and also giving extensive insight into the disease.
    I thank God for d Lagos state govt and all d health personnel that helped to contain this outbreak esp while they were unprepared.
    My heart hurts to remember those that lost their lives in the fight, may they Rest in perfect peace.
    My dearly beloved BN, thanks for this article. I’ve been following this Ebola outbreak and i’ve needed to read a personal account of a survivor esp in Nigeria. The closest was the account of the late nurse, Justina’s fiance.

    As for Patrick sawyer, ur uncooperative attitude and dishonesty as highlighted….. in fact make I no vex curse …. I leave it for God to judge.

  • Loulou September 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I just want to say Thank You Jesus, Lord you reign!!!!!!!!!

  • ella September 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    All I can say is PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!!!!! And thank you so much Ada for sharing your inspirational story. Wow! Tears was an understatement I was shivering, I am in awe! You need to publish a book on this, give talks. Really all those who survived this scourge through faith, positivity, determination I dot my cap for you, all the doctors, care givers, nurses, Lagos state govt,, volunteers, cleaners, WHO, CDC, Ministry of health, God would bless everyone who has impacted in there own little way. All those that lost their lives in the cause of stopping this scourge are hero’s may they continue to RIP. All those working tirelessly doing research, trying to find a cure and vaccine, God bless you guys. We would overcome Ebola everywhere including Liberia IJN!

  • zelda September 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    wooow! God is indeed awesome. he never fails those that put their trust in without works is death………….u had faith and did the happy for you adaora………..thank God for your life…….God sure has a big plan for you. you should listen to DR David and look in the direction of infection control you sure have a story to tell.

  • Oreoluwa September 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    You are indeed a testimony.
    I pray the merciful God make this testimony permanent in Jesus name.

    Thank you for sharing, you have saved a soul.

  • ope September 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    WOW! GOD is REAL

  • O.RE September 15, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Wow… Thank you for sharing this Adaora. God is truly awesome! And the strength you have in you truly can only come from him! Thank God for keeping your family, your husband also in faith and the dear P. That prayed with you… May God Bless him for taking the time out to be there not for publicity but for God. And all those volunteers and your F.C family risking their lives too. May God bless you as you bless others with your service at work, in church and everywhere you go. This is really powerful and it carries a word much needed in this season. Bless you. X

  • kash September 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Awesome! God be praised for His mighty deeds. Thank you Dr. Ada for your courage and your testimony

  • Dee September 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Thank God for her life. I’m impressed by her Pastor who not only prayed for her daily but also researched about the disease and encouraged her to get as much information as she could and do everything the doctors told her to diligently . I’m also impressed by both the Nigerian and foreign doctors. The bravery of white people inspires me

  • toyin September 15, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Grateful to God for your life Ada!!! I rejoice with you and pray for the families of all who have departed – Peace!
    Thanks BN for posting this!

  • TopNotch September 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Wow!!! This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing this testimony with us. This is a lesson to us all,we should not wait till we have diseases termed “incurable” by human,we should put our faith to work even in cases that we term little (e.g headache, stomach upset, body ache and the likes). If we can faith it through the little things,then we can faith it through the supposed incurable.

  • Dee September 15, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Wow. Moved with tears. I thank God for u.

  • Funmi Udo September 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Praise God! He’s a miracle working God. Thank you Ada for sharing your testimony. We extend our prayers to others who are in dark situation not just ebola that their communication of faith will be effective to freedom. The only solution to all these terrible news around us is to yield totally to God and to know him for ourselves by connecting through the Word(Jesus Christ) and studying of his word(bible). We praise the name of the Lord and we rejoice with you Ada.

  • BlueEyed September 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    This got me riled up and emotional, the idea of seeing other people die beside you is traumatizing enough, her faith was indeed huge. In the midst of fear and uncertainty, stories like this show light, the fight is still on and it’s my utmost prayer that this Ebola is completely eradicated from Africa entirely, kudos to health workers and volunteers taking the bold stride, Nigerians should cooperate and help fight this virus. God bless Nigeria

  • lagosmummy September 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    speechles……. Awesome God! Mighty are Your Miracles! God bless you Ada! BN, God bless you guys abundantly, i honestly am completely speechless….

  • Oby September 15, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I glorify God on ur behalf… U walked thru d shadow of death.. Ur faith in God kept u strong.. It’s not easy I must say.. This story has boosted my faith.. Thank u for sharing.. U r a blessed child.. We can only imagine what u went thru.. That was a battle field. u r a victorious child. May God be with u always..

  • Nwaka September 15, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    May Jehovah Ropheka our Healer be praised. I thank you Dr Ada for sharing your testimony. May Jehovah God bless you and keep you. Daddy Jehovah, May your Holy Name be forever glorified. Hallelujah!!

  • Tosin September 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    This made me cry
    My God is awesome.
    Who says God isnt alive and still does miracles….There is nothing impossible for Him.
    Thank you Lord Jesus!!!

  • tunmi September 15, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I am happy for her that she survived. I am not attributing it to religion or faith because those who have died also had unwavering belief. There are over 100 religious comments, kindly ignore mine and proclaim your support for the others if you disagree.

    Her account of this really is one for the history books. This should be preserved in a national museum. There should be books and newspaper articles and films to preserve this experience.

    And she was brutally honest, painting the reality of her experience as it was. My heart breaks for the pregnant woman who lost her child. I wish these families the strength to continue. Hopefully some form of health care reform or proposal will come out of this. For her ethical behavior in minimizing her contact with others once she knew, I truly applaud her. And I am truly grateful

  • oj hair September 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    hmmmmmmmm to God be the Glory. i pray the victims will be given some treatment related to what this Doctor did, we might have more survivors. God Bless U for sharing

  • Umeh Frank September 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Dr Ada, you have a good spirit and Some of us that were with you at Igbinedion unversity can attest to it. You Good Spirit saved you. Congrats

  • Komolafe Oluwatosin September 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Who is like unto thee O Lord…Behold the hand of the Lord is not shortened that it cannot save, neither is his ear heavy that it cannot hear….Where the wisdom of man ends…His mysterious ways is revealed……To the one whose wisdom is unsearchable, whose love is unending and whose saving grace is limitless….I worship you…You story serves as an encouragement to those who have lost Faith….God is still God as of Old…I stand in awe…..O Lord

  • Michael September 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Thank You Jesus! I will forever believe in You.

  • de September 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    May your testimony be permanent taking you from glory to glory and bringing people closer to Christ Amen. This is my God is indescribable

  • ifepe nnennia September 15, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    After reading your testimony dear Dr.Ada my faith has increased for the better.God indeed is real and he never fails.RIP to the worthy persons that lost their lives and God will console their famailies

  • Jerry September 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    She fit be Mfm babe, she carry fire kill virus. so happy for her. Moral of the Story: Prayer works in all situations and your faith is needed to get the result.
    i was almost ORS thirsty, sounds like some sort of miracle fanta

  • Zee September 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Totally amazing! I had goosebumps reading this. God bless you, your husband, your pastor, your family, the health workers..all who stood by you in this really trying time. God be praised. May the souls of those departed RIP.

  • Stella September 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Praise God! Praise His holy name! i wept like a child, yet i could not take my eyes away from my screen as I read. A beautiful testimony made even closer by the fact that I actually know Ada. I than God for your healing, thanks you so much for sharing your story.

  • LadyB September 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    All thanks to God almighty, the only living God is awesome. All glory, honour and adoration to Him alone. Congratulations Dr Ada!!!.

  • Anthony September 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    i was moved to tears when i read this….despite being a volunteer doctor in the fight against Ebola, and taught continously to show empathy and not sympathy………….i can imagine what you went through……….hope ,despair,resolute courage and determination , and that sweet taste of victory and joy……..The point of no return in the fight against ebola is when the inflammatory response supercedes the antibody response.
    More measure are being put in to place to prevent or curtail further spread of the virus. Researchers are now interested in how we have effectively managed and achieved a comparative success with Ebola in Nigeria.

    • chinaa Nwokorie September 17, 2014 at 2:26 am

      I will start by appreciating BellaNaija for posting this article. You are the eye thru wich we’ve seen the miracle. Kip up the good works!
      Ada Nnem! Ur testimony is an epistle needed by our world today to read with all that the devil is doing to question the existence of the. Almighty God. He just used you to say THAT “HE IS STILL THE I AM”( in whatever we find ourselves in). Overjoyed for this triumph is an understatement. I felt like entering the next available flight, and going to join the Aid workers for I feel that is where I belong but am restricted by my family entanglements.. I pray that. God will reveal my part in this whole thing.
      Adaorah, as ur name signifies, you are everybody’s Ada. This ur epistle must be heard in Nija, West Africa, Africa and the world at large. In case you’ve not given it a thought, ur life has just taken another turn. You are not just an. Ebolasurvivor, you are ANTIEBOLA ie You can enter where other health professionals need all the protection to enter with HolyGhost shield and come out free of any Ebola . Nne orah: the injunction is GO YE INTO THE WORLD AND ERADICATE EVERY EBOLA. ( Obiara egbum , gbue on we ya) you are empowered to do this not by man but by theSupreme Being that healed thee. You have all the support not only by the Heavenly host but by ur entire supporters here on earth since Heaven have spoken. Pls when you are ready, I can contribute to that calling.
      Celebrate your New life, ur new family and your new status. Thank you Jesus. Kip singinging ” BABA YOU DOU DO WELL!

      • Ubby September 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

        Can Bella Naija still do more… would be good if most if not all Ebola victims get to hear or read this write up…is there anyhow any NGO that can have access to those in charge of these victims ? So that they can know that with these positive way of living and faith and works that they can come out of it

  • Queen September 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I cried from the beginning of this article till the end. Can’t believe this is what victims of Ebola have been going through. I’m normally not one to hate but I can’t help the hatred I feel for Patrick Sawyer right now. I just feel like stomping on his grave. How wicked can a person be? To think that all the people that died would have still been alive if only they had known……..I’m so emotional right now. May the souls of the departed continue to rest in peace. I rejoice with you Doctor. May the good Lord continue to be with you. Thank you so much bellanaija for bringing us this article. It has shed a lot of light on things I didn’t understand before.

  • Maxine September 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    God is real. She believed and it worked. We should believe and we shall definitely receive our breakthrough. Shalom

  • abimbola dare September 15, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Glory be to Jesus. An amazing testimony that has reminded me yet again that our God is alive and is VERY interested in the health and wealth of his children. Ada, thank God for your life dear. Glory be to Jesus.xx

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