I met Patience Wesseh when she was 8 years old. She was selling bananas. She’s 16 now and she has epilepsy. During an episode, she was cooking and fell into the fire. Thankfully, we provide healthcare for our students, and Patience received life-saving treatment.
People make fun of her now, but she so easily forgives them. She’s always been very helpful and loving. So after the burned face, Macintosh news, and now Ebola, she just lost her house and all her belongings on Tuesday because of the ocean erosion. She’s staying with friends.
Patience doesn’t believe Ebola is real in West Point. I cried, looking into her eyes and said, “Do you trust me? If so, I just came from the MSF [Doctors Without Borders] Ebola clinic and they have patients who have Ebola from West Point. If you don’t believe me please, all I ask is don’t touch anyone, stay at home for the next 15 days, we’ll bring you food and whatever you need. I’m not the government, I’m not the police, I’m just a crazy white girl from the USA who cares about you and I’d do anything to keep you safe. Please. So many people love you.” She smiled. I hope I got through to her.
With all of these challenges, Patience needs us now more than ever. We are putting together a plan that will help her and all the other MTM students in West Point. So much still needs to be done – awareness, education, supplies, healthcare, communication, everything. As soon as we’ve finalized our emergency response plan, I will let you know how you can help.
These girls are my everything. I’ll never give up.
Together we can #beatEbola,