On January, 28th, Issa was admitted to the Providence Hospital Intensive Care Unit. Doctors were sharing with the family that Issa had a 50% chance of living and he may not live through the night. He was lying in the hospital bed, unresponsive, on a ventilator, and on a 24-hour hemodialysis. Issa had contracted Neisseria Meningitides, also known as Meningococcal. This bacterial infection attacked Issa's body throughout the bloodstream within hours,causing severe sickness called Septicemia.
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Issa Kamara is a 33 years old, husband, father, and son, who worked as a Provider Care Representative for FamilyCare Health Insurance. On January 18, 2012, Issa turned 33 years old. He's a graduate of Oregon State University, with a degree in Health Care Administration and a minor in Long Term Care Administration. He has always been greatly involved with helping others, playing sports, and enjoying life. Issa always had a strong love for basketball and kids, which prompted him to begin coaching Kindergarteners/1st graders in January.
In late December 2011, Issa decided that it was time for him to travel back to his country Sierra Leone, in West Africa. He was extremely excited about his trip and its been one of his main goals to achieve in life. The last time he had been back to his country was when he left at age 9 to come to the US. He finally saw his dream come true at age 32 to return to his homeland. He was very excited to see his family and friends.
On January 12, 2012, Issa returned to the US, and was so excited and ready to take on the world with whatever was brought his way. He had a renewed sense of self and an importance of what mattered in life. People around him had the feeling he was headed towards something great, and was on the cusp of conquering the world.
On January 27, 2012, just after about two weeks after being home, Issa suddenly felt very ill. He was having chills, a fever, and body aches. He decided to go to the emergency room. Everyone including doctors initially thought that it was a virus, or some common flu. Unfortunately, it was much more than a virus or flu.
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On January, 28th, Issa was admitted to the Providence Hospital Intensive Care Unit. Doctors were sharing with the family that Issa had a 50% chance of living and he may not live through the night. He was lying in the hospital bed, unresponsive, on a ventilator, and on a 24-hour hemodialysis. Issa had contracted Neisseria Meningitides, also known as Meningococcal. This bacterial infection attacked Issa's body throughout the bloodstream within hours, causing severe sickness called Septicemia.
Issa had survived this illness because of God's grace, his health and strength, the support of his family, and his sheer motivation to live. He lost both hands and feet and is still waiting for his kidneys to recover. Although this is a tragedy, and hard for most people to imagine (a young man in his prime of life going through), Issa remained optimistic and focused on his new goal of reaching, teaching, informing, and motivating others about this infection. When he was asked, "Do you feel bad all this happened?" He responded, "Absolutely not. You can't be mad at God. This is God's work and he gave this to me to help others." Meningococcal can affect an individual's mental state, given them many psychological remnants of the illness, after the body has cured. Issa is lucid, spiritual, focused, and everything he was, is and more because of his situation. He said to me, "What's crazy about all this is that I'm not crazy." "Every since I was a child, I knew God had a purpose for me. I never knew what it was, but now I know what my purpose is in life." Not only is he sane, but to everyone who is around him knows that he is now prepared to fulfill his destiny.
Issa Kamara has always had a mission in life to help others. Now he has a more defined purpose to help people avoid Meningococcal disease, and finding their path through overcoming obstacles, and motivating people to live their dreams regardless of any circumstance or physical disability. Before he became sick, he was always reading motivational books, inspirational stories, and learning about powerful people. In one stroke of God's hand, he is all those things to everyone he meets. His story is far from finished, and his legacy has just begun.
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