- Was reportedly working in Sierra Leone.
The Nebraska Medical Center, where the medical doctor who returned from Sierra Leone remained in critical condition, has confirmed that Dr. Martin Salia died as a result of the Ebola virus. “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite out best efforts, we weren’t able to save him,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit.
Salia arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated. According the doctors, Salia’s condition was extremely critical when he first arrived at the institution.
The 44-year-old Salia had been working as a general surgeon at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. It’s not clear whether he was involved in the care of Ebola patients. Kissy is not an Ebola treatment unit, but Salia worked in at least three other facilities; this is according to medical sources.
Salia is a citizen of Sierra Leone but lived in Maryland. He reportedly first showed symptoms of the Ebola Virus on November 6 but initially tested negative for the virus. He eventually tested positive on November 10. Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leona.
Extracted and modified from Yahoo News.