Vincent Award #50: Fatu Kekula

This week's Vincent Award goes to Fatu Kekula, who has been called "A one-woman hospital." Fatu took care of her father, mother, sister and cousin who all had Ebola and she did so without any professional equipment:

Every day, several times a day for about two weeks, Fatu put trash bags over her socks and tied them in a knot over her calves. Then she put on a pair of rubber boots and then another set of trash bags over the boots. She wrapped her hair in a pair of stockings and over that a trash bag. Next she donned a raincoat and four pairs of gloves on each hand, followed by a mask. It was an arduous and time-consuming process, but Fatu was religious about it, never cutting corners.

It takes a special kind of person to stare down death like this everyday with nothing between it and you but a flimsy trash bag. Fatu beat the odds and her treatment saved the lives of 3 out of 4 of her family members...an amazing feat considering the Ebola has a death rate of 70%.Fatu is currently trying to find a scholarship so she can complete her final year of nursing school.

The original story can found on CNN Extraordinary People.

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