By K.Mueller/Red Cross/Sierra Leone
The smile on Kadiatu’s face spoke volumes. She is just about to be reunited with her mother and eight brothers and sisters.
Two weeks ago, she to came into the Red Cross treatment centre in Sierra Leone, her body listless with the Ebola virus disease. But the disease was identified early, and treatment started as quickly as possible, and Kadiatu’s tiny, wiry frame was able to fight back.
11-year-old Kadiatu has left the treatment centre following successful treatment.
As the Ebola virus was slowly driven from the 11-year-old, she began connecting with other patients, forming bonds with the healthier ones, very rarely leaving their side. She would break into fits of giggles when tickled by the Red Cross staff, and danced with others to Michael Jackson. It didn’t matter that they were separated by two sets of the orange mesh fence that divides the high risk zone from the low risk zone.
She gave one last wave to the other patients before walking away from the centre for the final time. In the local Krio language she was asked: “How de body?”
Fine,” she replied, and for the first time in weeks, she meant it.
The Irish Red Cross Ebola Emergency Appeal is helping to treat others like Kadiatu as well as preventing further spread of the deadly Ebola virus and.