D’Geedawoi Johnson stopped just long enough to look back and share a smile with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers waiting beside the Ebola survivor board for the release of the next patient.
Johnson, 46, a father of 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and wife Sadatu, 32, was grateful for the treatment at the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU), but was anxious to get home. He was full of energy and ready to return to his work as a Drug Dispenser and Contact Tracer.
He said, “Ever since I experienced the illness of Ebola all I could think about was death.” He added that after being infected and then getting the news that he was negative, he felt encouraged to tell others about MMU.
“I would be happy if I can be of any kind of assistance to you all. I want to get out in the field and get the message out there because I have been saved,” Johnson said. He became infected while providing care to Ebola victims, a US Embassy release said.
With a bag over his shoulder and a smile, he promised to send a message to others. “Whenever you feel any sign or symptoms of the disease, don’t waste time; get to the center because that will help you more.”
The curtain peeled back and another survivor, Robert Kpoto, appeared through the MMU’s Ebola survivor discharge exit. After receiving a gift from his co-worker, Jacob, and working with MSF for approximately 5 years as a Physician Assistant, Robert looked towards heaven and thanked God, ready to return home to wife, Famata, and their two children, daughter, 11, and son, 7. He also thanked the U.S. Public Health Service Corps.
A medical provider for 15 years, he understands the importance of saying thanks to those providing care to others. When LTJG D’Addeo approached Robert to introduce herself for the first time without wearing Personal Protective Equipment, he said, “I am truly blessed that you came over here to assist and helped save my life,” said the US Embassy release.