Stories of Ebola survivors

Although Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease, getting medical care early can make a significant difference. Today, about 1 out of 3 Ebola patients survive. Many of them are now using their experience to help fight the disease in their community. Here are their stories.

Adama Sankoh, Sierra Leone

Adama Sankoh, released from the Makeni Ebola treatment unit on 24 August 2015, said she now knows that safe burial and thorough handwashing is essential for protecting against Ebola virus disease.

Macire Soumah, Guinea

"After suffering from Ebola, I now know what to do if one of my family members gets sick. I can recognize the signs, I will take them straight to the hospital."

Felix Sarria Baez, in Sierra Leone

"I am so grateful to the Director-General and everyone at WHO, and to the hospital staff in Geneva for each playing a part in saving my life."

Rebecca Johnson, Sierra Leone

"It felt good when she (Dr Margaret Chan) hugged me. I really appreciate all people who have come to help us.”

Fatoumata and Nabinty Camara, Guinea

"When I came out, I was warmly greeted, like a princess, by my family but also by the neighborhood. I am very happy that I have not been a victim of any stigmatization."

Austin Jallah, Liberia

“I am grateful that my Ebola experience can impact the knowledge of our health workers and help to eradicate this disease from Liberia.” Austin S. Jallah, an Ebola survivor and WHO expert patient trainer

Abdullah D., Guinea

"I felt as if I was reborn and could not wait to hug my twins again,”. The doctors really took great care of me and I’m telling everyone that people who are infected need to go to the hospital.” Abdullah, an Ebola survivor

Santigie and Hassan, Sierra Leone

Santigie Koroma and Hassan Santuray, Ebola survivors, are now using what they learned while fighting the disease to teach frontline Ebola care workers what managing someone with Ebola is really like.

Fatimata Gaima, Sierra Leone

"I am learning to live a new life in the home without my husband and my 2 children. Now there is so much emptiness in the house..." Fatimata Gaima, an Ebola survivor

Mohammed Cisse, Guinea

Mohammed Issa Cisse, nurse, Telimele, Guinea, 2014
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"When I started to have symptoms and heard about the results of my blood test, it was a very difficult moment. I was really afraid for my life. There were some rumours about the origin of the disease, but once people saw that even health workers like myself were infected they trusted us more." Mohammed Issa Cisse, nurse, an Ebola survivor

Hannah Sowa, Sierra Leone

Hannah Sowa, Ebola survivor from Sierra Leone, 2014.
WHO/S. Gborie

"I am very lucky to have survived Ebola and also lucky that I am getting good support from my family, because we (survivors) and every family of those who died need a strong support system to help us go through this painful experience." Hannah Sowa, an Ebola survivor

Bintu Massaquoi, Sierra Leone

Bintu Massaquoi, Ebola survivor, Kenema, Sierra Leone, 2014.
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"I hope no one in my family or my community or anywhere whether I know them or not, ever suffer the trauma of this disease Ebola. The most important thing for me at the moment is to see an end to this outbreak and the suffering that people are going through." Bintu Massaquoi, an Ebola survivor

Matu Kamara, Sierra Leone

"Ebola can be cured once you submit yourself early for treatment. Do not wait to become very sick before going to the hospital.” Matu Kamara, an Ebola survivor

Harrison Sakila, Liberia

"They took me to the area of the treatment centre for confirmed cases. After one week, they came for my blood test, it was negative. I came out. I am alright." Harrison Sakila, an Ebola survivor

Saah Tamba, Liberia

"When I got sick, my family doubted my recovery. The doctors who treated me gave me certificate that indicates I am free of Ebola, if anyone would still doubt. I am now free to go home, I am well and I am happy." Saah Tamba, an Ebola survivor