Officials say Sierra Leonean surgeon Dr. Martin Salia Has Died in Nebraska


Dr Martin Salia and Wife

Dr Martin Salia and Wife

Officials  in Nebraska, in the United States  are saying that Dr. Martin Salia, a Sierra Leonean surgeon who was diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone and was airlifted to Nebraska for treatment, has died in  hospital.

Martin Salia became the second person to die from the virus in the U.S.. The first was Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who contracted Ebola in Liberia and traveled to Dallas. He died last month.

Salia landed Saturday in Omaha. He was the 10th patient to be treated on American soil and the third at Nebraska Medical Center. Hospital officials had said that he was perhaps sicker than any other patient flown to the United States from West Africa.

Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the hospital’s biocontainment unit  said “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news, Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.”

The hospital planned to release further details later Monday.

Salia was a legal  U.S. resident, but was  living in Sierra Leone. He was working at a hospital in the country when he was diagnosed. The outbreak, which is the worst in recorded history, has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa including in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Dr. Martin Salia has a wife and two children who live in the Washington suburb of New Carrollton, Maryland.

Source: NBC News

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