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From Battling Flesh Eating Bacteria at 12 to Becoming a Medical Doctor 18 years Later! Here’s this Nigerian Man’s Story



A Nigerian man identified as Paul Anejodo has been celebrated by his adoptive white family after he became a medical doctor.

His story went viral after his sister, Melissa Giebel, took to her Facebook page to celebrate her brother’s achievement by narrating the story of his struggles.

Giebel revealed that Anejodo is her adopted brother. She explained that her family met him at a small village in Nigeria when he was a 12-year-old sick child.

She narrated that Anejodo suffered from an ulcerated leg when he met her family. She described how he was seen seating under a tree swatting away flies from a raw and open tissue on his leg.

Melissa celebrated her brother, saying that he had finally gotten the news that he passed his final medical school exams.

She wrote:

Guys! I am so excited!!!!! This last week my “adopted” brother became Dr Paul ?

Our family first met Anejodo Paul in a small remote village in central Nigeria about 18 1/2 years ago. I remember my heart breaking when I saw this kid under a tree swatting flies away from the raw and open tissue on his leg that had been caused by a flesh eating bacteria. Many months later, through the kindness of a donor in the U.S., he was brought to the SDA Hospital in Ile-Ife for treatment of his buruli ulcer related disease and complications. Over a year later, he came home to live with our family so that, at 13 years of age, he could start school. Did I mention he was 13 and starting first grade????

And this week, he got the news that he has passed his final medical school exams. Thanks to MANY miracles from God, the medical care provided by doctors at the SDA Hospital in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, the support of many who contributed to cover his school fees, and other needs through the years, his own persistence in spite of MANY obstacles, he is now Dr. Paul!!! We are all so proud of you, Paul! And I can’t wait to see where God continues to take you on this crazy journey he has had you on ?

Photo Credit: Melissa Giebel


  1. Ben Sharon

    October 7, 2019 at 12:53 am

    congratulation Dr.Paul

  2. Sharon

    October 7, 2019 at 12:55 am

    congratulations Dr Paul

  3. Shokpeka Winifred

    October 7, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Another story that reads like that of Joseph.

    A situation that was meant to waste him became the vehicle with which the Lord used to redirect his path.

    Congratulations Dr. Paul. Always live for Him Who has showed you so much mercy and lifted you from dunghill to set you among princes

    May God Almighty continually bless ythe family that “adopted ” you

  4. Isiaka Y Mishozunnu

    October 7, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Congratulations to you my dear friend.
    Now that God has used somebody for you and are completely whole and can boast of a good future, please do also not close your eyes against them that come your way and also do not forget your benefactors. Thank you.

  5. Maureen

    October 7, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    God is everything. Man is nothing. It is not good to loose hope no matter what. Big congrats to him and more blessings to his helpers

  6. Oty Emmanuel

    October 7, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    May God continue to bless those that adopted him. Bless your heart. This is the real inspiration.

  7. OA

    October 7, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you, Jesus! I’m happy for him oh! God is faithful.

  8. Benjamin Olusomi Bolaji

    October 8, 2019 at 3:06 am

    God moves in a mysterious way; His wonders to perform! God bless the family that took him in. Dr Paul please remember to do good always according to the ability that God gives you.

    • Sade

      October 11, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      Be kind to all irrespective of color or tribe.This family is an example of what a Christian Life should be.Paul may you forever be a joy to your families and to God.

    • Akubo

      October 12, 2019 at 11:56 pm

      Congregation my brother. It’s just the beginning of Gods faithfulness in your life.

  9. by_stander

    October 8, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Wait so if the white family didn’t find him what would have happened?

    because i’m seeing all the previous comments and i am wondering if i am misunderstanding this story.

  10. uynime

    October 24, 2019 at 7:38 am

    O what a pity so sorrowful God will heal you

  11. imolite

    July 23, 2020 at 1:19 am

    Congregation my brother. It’s just the beginning of Gods faithfulness in your life

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