The word “hero” has been tossed around so readily that it’s almost lost its meaning, but there are real heroes, working today. A real hero is someone who risks his or her life to help others whom they don’t even know.
Here are a couple.
The first is Sheikh Umar Khan, the chief doctor in charge of haemorrhagic fever (Lassa fever and Ebola) in Sierra Leone. After treating more than 100 Ebola patients in the current outbreak, he contracted the virus and died on July 29, less than a week after he was diagnosed.
Shortly before he died, Dr Khan spoke to the BBC’s Umaru Fofana in Sierra Leone about the risks he and his colleagues face when treating infectious patients.
“Health workers are prone to the disease because we are the first port of call for those with the disease. Even with the full kit we put on we’re at risk.
“I’m afraid for my life, because I cherish my life. And if you are afraid then you must take the maximum precautions, stay vigilant and stay on your guard,” he said.
Second, members of Doctors without Borders dealing with the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which has killed over 600 people this year. Knowing that even their protective garb won’t fully protect them from this horrible disease, they go in and battle it anyway. Click the picture to get to a link with several dozen others: