On July 29, 2014, Dr. Khan, a hero in the fight against the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, died after contracting the virus. He treated as many as 100 patients before falling victim to the virus himself and is seen as a “national hero” in Sierra Leone.
I felt so sad when I read on social media a few weeks ago that Dr. Khan had contracted the Ebola virus after treating patients in Sierra Leone. I remember thinking about how courageous this doctor was to risk his life to save others from this deadly virus. Even though I did not know him, I immediately felt so proud of him and so afraid for him at the same time.
When I learned that he had died from the Ebola virus on July 29, I felt a deep sadness in my heart, yet I also felt very grateful for his service. Dr. Khan’s service and sacrifice is a strong reminder that in the mist of the chaos and darkness in the world there are many warriors among us. He was selfless and fearless. He fought against a disease that has plagued mankind with vigor and zeal. He did so at a profound risk to his own life and an ultimate sacrifice. He has done what warriors do – he put others before himself. I feel that Dr. Khan is a global hero as well as a national hero of his home country Sierra Leone. He should be remembered by all world citizens as the warrior that brought light in a time of darkness for those suffering from the Ebola virus.
Dr. Khan is one doctor of thousands of medical and humanitarian workers around the world that selflessly serve our global community in times of need. We will never know the names of all those that leave their homes and families everyday to serve and protect the health and well being of our fellow world citizens. We will never know all of the names of those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice to help others. Today I give thanks for Dr. Khan and his extraordinary work and all warriors that provide such selfless service.
To learn more about the Ebola virus and the global response plan, please visit the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO website will provide you with up to date information about the signs and symptoms of the Ebola virus, the countries that have been most impacted by the outbreak and how WHO has joined forces with these countries to combat this deadly virus.
In honor of those that are fighting the Ebola virus minute by minute, here is a quote from one of my heroes Nelson Mandela:
“I hoped and vowed then that, among the treasures that life might offer me, would be the opportunity to serve my people and make my own humble contribution to their freedom struggles.” Nelson Mandela