As soon as the news of the death of Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh filtered to her immediate family, Kwame Adadevoh, her cousin living in Atlanta Georgia in the United States of America (USA), changed his Facebook profile picture.
The picture Kwame put up was the headshot of the late Dr. Adadevoh, with clear and sparkling eyes and lips parting in a warm smile. She had on her head a bright blue head tie, tied in the fashionable satellite dish fashion, she was full of life.
Under the picture, Kwame wrote: “Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, you are a hero to a lot of people in Lagos, Nigeria saving lives and caring for people was your passion.”
The sentiments expressed by Kwame were shared by another relative, her brother Kodjo who lives at New Hope Pennsylvania also in the USA. In response to the death of his sister, he had posted several family pictures of the late doctor showing her in different moods and activities. Most of the pictures were the ones taken with her family members at home while some were taken at what looked like family function. In the entire picture, Dr. Adadevoh was always in the middle with that smile and warmth; it would be easy to conclude that the workaholic doctor also had another side to her that was warm, loving and fun.
Another relative, Belinda Yesutor Adadevoh who lives in Ghana said: “A sad moment for the Adadevohs home and abroad. May the priceless and beautiful soul of Dr Ameyo Adadevoh RIPP.” Her post was followed by several condolence messages. Some hours after, she wrote: “Dear snr sister may your beautiful RIPP. You fought a good fight and taken a royal bow from this wicked world. Dr Ameyo Adadevoh.”
But the post that seemed to convey the thoughts and sentiments of her family members was this: “A price to pay for your duty to God, Country and Humanity. May your beautiful soul find rest.”
Following the postings on Facebook, there has been outpouring of condolences from around the world to her immediate family. Some of the callers were “shocked beyond words” while others wanted to know if it was “the same Dr. Ameyo that died.”
Another cousin, Babatunde Akinyanju, said he had hoped for her recovery and asked that a memorial be established to her and her fallen colleagues.
“The tributes to Cousin Ameyo are all very touching. Still very raw knowing she is no longer with us. Only a couple of days ago I heard she had slightly improved so the whole family was quietly confident that she would pull through,” Akinyanju said.
Akinyanju also remarked about her “wit and warmth” when he met the late doctor in April 2014 at a “Joyous family occasion.”
Special Assistant to President Jonathan on New Media, Reno Omokri, in a tweet via his handle @renoomokri wrote, “No greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends-John 15:13. Rest in Peace #DrAdadevohaRealNigerianhero”.
Former Minister for Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, in her tribute described the late Adadevoh as an embodiment of godly doctor.
The late Dr. Adadevoh was also described by a family member as a “true” patriot for that the late Sawyer did not escape from quarantine.
A family member, who does not want to be named, said the Consultant Endocrinologist at First Consultant Hospital, Obalende, Lagos, acted wisely to stop the index EVD patient from infecting others.
The source said the family was hopeful that she would recover from the disease like other doctors that were discharged but her condition worsened and she passed on. “We were shocked. Right now I don’t even know where I am. Our sister was merciful and always looking for the interest of others,” she said.
“Although she was born to Ghanaian parents, her life has been all about Nigeria. She was born and raised in this country. Her grandmother was a Yoruba woman.
“She like her father served Nigeria with all their might. They gave their all to ensure the country gets better. All her family had at one point or another served the country.”
She said the late physician put the interest of the country before herself. “Not many professionals can do that.”
The source said her mother, Madam Deborah Adadevoh, is devastated; so was her son. “Her death affected us so much that we cannot stop crying. It came so sudden,” she said.
Describing late Adadevoh, the source said, she was very warm, accommodating and well-mannered, adding that the deceased brought joy to people’s lives. “She lived what she preached as a doctor because doctors always play with people before treating them,” she said.
Secretary, Lagos State council of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Babajide Saheed, said the deceased was a woman of substance.
“Before her death, she was the consultant in-charge of cases relating to endocrinology. She was called to the hospital that fateful day to review the late Sawyer’s case,” he said.
Vice Chairman, Lagos State Medical Guild, Dr Oseni Salau. said an embassy called the hospital to discharge the Liberian-American but Ms Adadevoh kicked against it to save the country from a scourge because “Sawyer was enraged and wanted to infect as many people as possible. Thank God she didn’t allow him to escape.”
Her action, he said showed that she was a professional and a true one at that because she helped to contain the disease.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees of First Consultant Hospital, Dr Wale Balogun said yesterday that the family of the deceased will be meeting both State and Federal Ministries of Health today, to discuss the logistics of her burial.
“But I cannot preempt the family on the decisions of her burial.”
Chairman, Joint Task Force on the EVD outbreak in the country, Professor Abdulsalami Nasidi, said, “There will be a meeting with the relatives of the deceased today. The final decisions on best ways to adopt in handling the body.”