Surgeon from Sierra Leone Dies in US from Ebola

One of the doctors brought to the US for Ebola treatment has died due to advanced systems not immediately determined before he came here.

Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon at the Sierra Leone Kissy United Methodist Hospital was a citizen of that country, but had a permanent residence in the U.S. He contracted the disease when he was working in Sierra Leone and died at a hospital in Nebraska.

Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the bio containment unit at the Nebraska hospital said that “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.”

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, United Methodist News said, citing health ministry sources.


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