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Against all Odds! The ‘Trash Bag’ Nursing Student Who Saved Relatives from Ebola now at Emory University



Fatu Kekula Story - BellaNaija - April 2015001In September last year, CNN featured the story of Fatu Kekula; a 22-year old nursing student in Liberia, who single-handedly nursed her entire family through Ebola using a self-invented  protective equipment made out of bin bags. Not only did three out of her four patients survive, Fatu’s faith and innovation made a way for her, as she is now in the United States studying Nursing at Emory University.

Due to the Ebola outbreak, schools in Liberia were shut down; and it seemed Fatu, who was in her final year in nursing school, would not be able to fulfill her dream of becoming a Nurse.

Fatu Kekula Story - BellaNaija - April 2015003After the world heard of her resilience and innovation, many people wanted to help her. One of such organizations was a non-profit group called With some help, Kekula applied to Emory University in Atlanta, the campus with the hospital that has successfully cared for American Ebola patients. Emory accepted Fatu so that she could complete her nursing degree and she is currently a beneficiary of a crowdfunding campaign that successfully raised $40,000 in her honour.

Fatu’s innovative “trash bag method” was widely praised and is even being taught by aid workers to other West Africans caring for sick loved ones without standard protective gear.

After helping her family, Fatu wants to spread hope, passing her knowledge on to other desperate families. She has addressed health workshops, teaching people how to use plastic bags to protect themselves when there’s nothing else.

Fatu Kekula Story - BellaNaija - April 2015002Recently, she was also a speaker at Emory University’s Ebola Forum, alongside distinguished speakers like Former US President Jimmy Carter.

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We’re wishing Fatu Kekula all the best in her Nursing career. We can’t wait to see all the great things in store for her.


  1. Minister Ade

    April 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    One word———-> HERO.

  2. Fulfilledlaidy

    April 10, 2015 at 12:38 pm



    April 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    One word——-> HEROINE

  4. gLORY

    April 10, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    If this happened in Nigeria, she won’t get this far…but if she owned a blog talking about side chicks, she would become popular and grace all events in Nigeria.


    • esther asuquo

      April 10, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you Glory for this piece.

    • imose

      April 10, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Well said … I have my experience on this but I forgive them any way. God brought helpers who came with better offers. Disappointment turned blessings !!! And God alone took the glory.
      Nigeria go better #hopeful

    • Blah blah

      April 10, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      No! She would have gone very far in the same circumstances. A man’s gifts makes way for him and will make him stand before kings. Whatever the gift is! A man diligent in his gift will stand out. Sooner or later. Whether it’s a nurse being innovative with trash bags, or a girl who knows the only thing she can do well is talk and so she chooses to talk. Their gifts have made way for them. Plus Fatu doesn’t need to be popular. She’s already remarkable and influential.

    • imose

      April 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Hmmm, I don’t think so too!! If you don’t have the necessary connection to push in .. Sorry is your case !

    • eniayewu

      April 11, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Toke, is that you?

    • Naija Uprage

      April 10, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      You so right, the students who generate electricity power with urine, what did the government do for them? Nigeria only value celebrities and politicians that contribute nothing to the society.

    • tunmi

      April 10, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Or the girls who came up with African walnuts as an anti-mouth odor solution

  5. tunmi

    April 10, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I am so happy for her. I did wonder how she ended up.

  6. temibalo

    April 10, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    awww God bless her sooo much … sweet news

  7. Funmi

    April 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Now that is a Woman. Wish her all the best.

  8. ATL's finest

    April 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    That’s how God works! She just didn’t land in d States, she landed in one of the BEST school for medical profession.. #teamNURSE#

    • APKX

      April 11, 2015 at 10:52 am


  9. DoroAnon

    April 10, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    i am not a Bible scholar but i know my bible,*preaching mode activated* My brothers and sisters the life of Fatu throws more light on Prov 22;29 see a man diligent in his duty he would stand before kings and not before ordinary men,Fatu was nt the only final year nursing student in the whole of liberia,she didnot hide or let fear consume her but she was Diligent in her duty,Fatu never tot in her lifetime she would complete her nursing degree in the US or even be in a forum as a speaker alongside the former president of the US Jimmy Carter.My brothers and Sisters be diligent in your duty as our Sister Fatu n u would be able to stand before kings,continue working hard do not be discourage n do nt let fear of the unknown consume u.Almighty God help us ALL.let the people say AMEN!!! *Church e yaf close*

  10. Vic

    April 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Amen DoroAnon.

  11. TA

    April 10, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Great news! Please more stories like this BN. Welldone Fatu, we all mightily proud of you. 🙂

  12. Babs

    April 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Amazing….it is good to be good

  13. Tega

    April 10, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    This is wonderful……like my boss always says “let your work speak for you”. Thanks for your hardwork and resilience Fatu…God will make you bigger

  14. Jojo

    April 10, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Well done Fatu . God has blessed your efforts and compassion.

  15. atlstyle

    April 10, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Well said DoroAnon!!! I say Amen to that! Nigerians hv been too corrupted by money and vanity that u can almost not find diligent workers


    April 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm


  17. Udochi

    April 10, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Well Deserved

  18. imose

    April 10, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Go Fatu!! More great things to come ! Proud of you…

  19. shannaro

    April 10, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Best of luck in her studies I hope she goes far

  20. Eve82

    April 10, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    This news just made my day! I’m just so happy for you.

  21. KeepingItReal

    April 10, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    When I read about her during the Liberia ebola crisis, I knew she will go places. Congratulations Fatu! the sky is your limit- go claim your spot for I believe it was not in vain that you pulled through what you pulled through. Mark my words” “This young woman will impact nations”

    @Imose, I agree with you, you need the right support not necessarily connection, but the right support to go the next step.

  22. Endowed

    April 11, 2015 at 3:21 am

    good for her, one good thing that came out of this epidemic. she gets to finish her education,

  23. Wiklo

    April 11, 2015 at 3:34 am

    #Emory is top notch University……whao!!! #ApplaudingHerAndTheInstitution

  24. Naijatalk

    April 11, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Congratulations blessed woman. God will continue to elevate you in Jesus name. Amen.

  25. Mz Socially Awkward....

    April 11, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I never even saw the original story of Fatu. First time I’m reading about her.

    Very heartwarming and thank God for the kindness of strangers who’ve given her this amazing opportunity.

    • bb

      April 11, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Mz socially awkward, pls may i ve ur email, need to send u a mail,

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      April 12, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Hello bb, I just chanced upon your request. Please feel free to send me an email at mzsocially[email protected]

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