A surgeon who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone has passed away. He had flown to a hospital in Nebraska for treatment.
Dr. Martin Salia, 44, was described as being much sicker than the Ebola patients previously brought to the U.S. for treatment.
"Dr. Salia was suffering from advanced symptoms of Ebola when he arrived at the hospital Saturday, which included kidney and respiratory failure," the Omaha Medical Center reported. "He was placed on dialysis, a ventilator and multiple medications to support his organ systems in an effort to help his body fight the disease. He also received a dose of convalescent plasma and ZMapp therapy was initiated on Saturday."
The hospital unit successfully treated two other Ebola patients earlier in the year.
Salia had been working as a general surgeon at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. It's not known if he was involved in treatment of patients with Ebola.
Salia's wife, Isatu Salia, said in a telephone interview that when she spoke to her husband early Friday his voice sounded weak and shaky. But he told her "I love you", she said. The couple has two children, ages 12 and 20.
Five other doctors in Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola, and all have died.
Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leona. Of the 10 people treated for the virus in the U.S., all but one has recovered.