As a young boy, he helped his mother fight cancer, but now Akudama, who was born in the northern Philippines, is helping the United States fight against the spread of the disease.
The Philippines has the world’s worst Ebola infection rate.
In 2014, there were 1,973 confirmed and suspected cases and 765 deaths, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
It’s a grim statistic, and it’s one that is not likely to change anytime soon.
But Akudam’s story is a warning.
Like the other Filipino men who have died from the virus, Akudamas mother died before her daughter could be treated.
“The reason they did not get better, the reason she was left with a brain injury, was because they were not treated as an individual,” said Akudima, who grew up in the Philippines.
Akudama and his family survived the disease and moved to the US, where he has spent the past two years volunteering in hospitals in the Washington area, where Ebola has been reported to have swept through.
“She didn’t know who she was and I think she never would,” said his mother, who lives in Washington state.
She had a heart condition, but she was also a caring, selfless woman.
“She was a very kind person, always trying to help others.
She was a real inspiration to me,” Akudaman said.
And now, Akutagawa’s family is celebrating.
His mother is now in remission.
His father is a paraplegic and is undergoing treatment for ALS.
He is the one who helped save his son’s life.
“It was his love and care for my daughter that kept her alive,” Akutaman said, adding that his father had a deep connection with Akudanga.
“When you go through something like that, you want to take care of the others and do everything you can to help them.”
In the Philippines, the pandemic has become a national obsession.
It has been estimated that more than 3,500 people have died and more than 2,000 are in critical condition since the outbreak began in March.
The pandemic is expected to cost the country billions of dollars, but the government has pledged to help the poorest Filipinos who do not have access to the internet, water and electricity.
The government has also made it a priority to fight the virus in remote areas and has announced $2 billion in aid to help those in need.
Despite this, Akuda said he was surprised that his mother was the only one to recover.
“My mother was so young.
I never thought she would be this far,” he said.
“I am so grateful to her for being there for my mother and for helping her fight.”
Aku’s mother, however, was lucky.
“It’s not just the people that are suffering from this disease.
There are so many people out there that need our help,” Aku said.