Ebola-Infected Surgeon Dies In Nebraska

An Ebola-infected surgeon from Sierra Leone who was receiving treatment in a US biocontainment unit has died.

Dr Martin Salia was flown to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Saturday, becoming the 10th Ebola patient to be treated on US soil.

The hospital said the 44-year-old, who was admitted suffering from kidney and respiratory failure, died shortly after 4am(10am GMT) on Monday.

Dr Saliawas married to a US citizen, with whom he has two children, and maintained a residence in Maryland.

Dr Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainmentunit, said in a statement on Twitter: “Dr Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, & unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.”

He said the patient had received a blood transfusion from an Ebola survivor – which is believed to provide antibodies to fight the virus – and was treated with an experimental drug,ZMapp.

Dr Saliawas also placed on dialysis, a ventilator and given other medication to support his organ systems.

“We used every possible treatment available to give Dr Salia every possible opportunity for survival,” Dr Smith said.

“As we have learned, early treatment with these patients is essential. In DrSalia’s case, his disease was already extremely advanced by the time he came here for treatment.”

The hospital successfully treated two other Ebola patients.

Dr Saliafirst showed symptoms of the virus on 6 November, but initially tested negative. His diagnosis was confirmed on 10 November.

His wife, Isatu Salia, said on Monday she and her family were grateful for the efforts made by her husband’s medical team.

She told AP news agency earlier her husband had said he loved her when they spoke on Friday.

He had been working as a general surgeon at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown.

Dr Salia is the second patient to die from Ebolaon US soil, after Liberian-born Thomas Eric Duncan lost his fight against the disease in a Dallas hospital last month.

The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 5,100 people this year, most of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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17 November 2014 | 5:14 pm – Source: orange.co.uk


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