Ebola-infected physician dies in Nebraska


An undated United Methodist News Service handout shows Dr. Martin Salia at United Methodist Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone.(Photo: Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service, via European Pressphoto Agency)

(SOURCE)   A surgeon infected with Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone has died in Nebraska, Nebraska Medical Center announced Monday.

Martin Salia, whose family lives in Maryland, arrived in Omaha on Saturday for treatment at the Nebraska Medicine biocontainment unit. He became ill Nov. 6 and tested positive for Ebola a week ago.

“We are extremely sorry to announce that the third patient we’ve cared for with the Ebola virus, Dr. Martin Salia, has passed away as a result of the advanced symptoms of the disease,” the hospital said on its Facebook page.

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

Smith said Salia was suffering from advanced symptoms of Ebola when he arrived, including kidney and respiratory failure. He was placed on dialysis, a ventilator received plasma. Multiple medications included ZMapp therapy, a new drug that has shown promise in fighting the disease.

“We used every possible treatment available to give Dr. Salia every possible opportunity for survival,” Smith said. “As we have learned, early treatment with these patients is essential. In Dr. Salia’s case, his disease was already extremely advanced by the time he came here for treatment.”

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