Posted November 14, 2018 08:17:37After being diagnosed with Ebola, Lola Yayo became a target for medical staff.
She began experiencing difficulty breathing and losing consciousness while in isolation at a health facility in Sierra Leone.
“I went to bed and I could hear him coming to the door.
He started beating me up,” she said.
The 29-year-old said the beating started when a member of the staff tried to stop her from calling for help.
“He pushed me against the wall and then I was knocked down,” she told The Next Week.
“He kicked me and punched me in the head.
I went to the toilet and the door closed and then he beat me up.”
When Yay, who has a child, tried to leave, the staff followed her to a toilet, where they kicked her in the stomach.
“They started beating my head on the wall.
I could feel my stomach bleeding.
I felt like I was going to vomit,” she explained.
Yayo said she was terrified and lost consciousness after her attacker left the toilet.
The next morning, she awoke to find a friend in the bathroom who had not slept in days.
She was taken to a hospital in Freetown.
“At the time, I thought I was dead,” she recalled.
“It was the first time I saw my friend since I left the hospital,” she added.
“The nurses took me to a ward in the hospital.
I saw a doctor and they took me away for three days, which was really hard for me.”
She was taken back to the hospital in Sierra Guinea, where she was diagnosed with the virus and given antibiotics to stop the spread of the virus.
“We were going through a tough time,” she admitted.
“In the hospital, the doctors kept saying, ‘We have to treat her properly, we have to stop it.'”
Yayos experience of Ebola in Sierra and Sierra Leone helped her realise how the virus affected the lives of others.
“As I was getting treatment, I realized that there was a lot of stigma in the community,” she continued.
“But now that I’m free, I feel really happy because I know I’m not alone.”
Yayoa is now back in Sierra.
She told TheNextWeek that she is hopeful that the new government will provide health workers with more support.