It’s a story of tragic loss and survival, from across the world, with ties to here.
Junietta Macauley, a funeral director from Sierra Leone, lost her husband, two sons and a grandson to Ebola.
She also got infected, but told 680 CJOB’s Geoff Currier she wound up being the first person to get the Winnipeg-developed vaccine called ZMapp.
“I was the test case,” Macauley explained. The vaccine was to be given to a doctor first. He passed away and she was next in line. “The test clearly worked, yeah, and I’m here to show everybody the test worked.”
Macauley had already planned a trip to Canada for work and then was surprised to find out she was visiting the city where ZMapp came from.
“Not knowing that I would be involved in making, having interviews and saying thank you to the Canadian government and thank you my government as well. It was government to government that succeeded in having the drug brought to Sierra Leone,” said Macauley.
She’s touring the virology lab here to offer her thanks.