By Sewe Ishola,
Nigerian medical doctor, who is also an Ebola survivor, Adaora Okoli has been named as one of the Bill Gates’ 5 “Heroes in the Field” for this year.
Dr. Adaora Okoli’s life changed in 2014 when an ebola patient walked into the hospital she was working in as a medical doctor, and she was infected with it while caring for him.
She did not know if she would live or die. “You don’t know if it’s going to end with your death,” she said at the time.
Thankfully, she survived the ordeal and has since dedicated her life to the research, treatment, and prevention of future epidemics, studying at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
On Thursday, she was named as one of Bill Gates‘ 5 “Heroes in the Field.”
On a sad note though, Okoli believes that ebola will make a comeback.
“Ebola is going to come back. It may not be next year or the next five years. But it will come back. I know I was sick for a reason. There’s a lot more I have to do.” She said in an interview with Time Magazine.
The Bill Gates “Heroes in the Field,” list that identifies little-known individuals helping to save the world.
Watch her share her story below: