A survivor of the deadly Ebola virus, Fanta Leo, is calling on the Government of Liberia, humanitarian organizations, and philanthropists to help her and her remaining family to get back on their feet.
Fanta lost her husband, the late Sumo Leo, and a son, Gayflor Leo, to the virus. They died at the Medecin Sans Frontier-managed ETU, within the ELWA Hospital compound in Paynesville.
She told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that her husband came home one day with a cold which he complained about for almost four hours. “Later he started vomiting and getting weak as well as using the restroom frequently. My son also came down with the virus when he was caring for his father and me. He died because he had to do everything for us at the house during our illness. He died at the age of 26 without receiving proper burial.” She stated that the virus killed 11 persons from her family.
“I thank God for my life and my other children, who survived. I got infected with the disease through my late husband, whom I had to care for. I didn’t know that it was the Ebola virus,” she recounted.
She disclosed that the disease also infected her late husband’s brother, wife and children, including Aaron Nawor, Adell Nawor, Singay Nawor, Aaron Nawor, Jr. among others, who died at various treatment centers, including the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town.
“This is their apartment, all of us were here and living as one family until the deadly Ebola virus killed them. My in-law has one survivor of his family. One of his sons survived the disease.”
Mrs. Leo said that after coming down with the Ebola virus, they began taking some antibiotics at home before she and her family were taken to MSF Ebola Treatment Unit.
She recounted that the ambulance took them on September 10, her son passed away on the 12th and her husband died on the 13th. She said the health workers did extremely well in administering treatment and feeding them three times a day.
She further narrated that, after being released from the MSF Ebola center on September 22, they were provided with food and other items, including rice, slippers, mosquito nets, dresses, as well as some anti-Ebola supplies.
Madam Leo says she is worried about the education of her five remaining children when school opens, stating that she hopes some people will come to her aid and help take care of some of the children’s school fees.
“Before coming down with the Ebola virus, I was doing business and helping their father in the home. I came back with the stigma of Ebola and I am doing nothing now. I have used my money for food and there’s no money again for business,” she lamented.
Mrs. Leo is also appealing for help to resume her business.
“I want to continue doing my business and not depend on people for everything that I want or need. I encourage the public to kindly come to my aid by providing me with money that will help me and the children,” she pleaded.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Leo, acknowledging the existence of the deadly Ebola virus, called on the general public to continue following the preventive measures to ensure that everyone in Liberia is free of the disease.