US: Sierra Leonean Ebola patient dies at US medical facility

New York, US (PANA) - A Sierra Leonean medical doctor, Martin Salia, who contracted Ebola,
while working in Sierra Leone died on Monday while undergoing treatment at a medical
center in Omaha, US State of Nebraska.

Nebraska Medical Center said in a statement that Dr. Salia died as a result of the Ebola virus disease.

"Dr. Salia's condition was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite out best efforts, we were not able to save him," the medical centre said in a statement.

PANA in New York recalled that the Sierra Leonean doctor arrived on Saturday for
treatment at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully
treated.

The statement said Dr. Salia had advanced symptoms when he arrived at the hospital, which included kidney and respiratory failure and was placed on dialysis, a ventilator and given several medications to support his organ systems.

"We used every possible treatment available to give Dr. Salia every possible opportunity
for survival. 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," it said.

It said Dr. Salia, a Sierra Leonean who lived in the US State of Maryland, first
showed Ebola symptoms on 6 November, but tested negative for the virus and later
tested positive on 10 November.

The 44-year-old Salia had been working as a general surgeon at Kissy United Methodist
Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown.

Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and
Sierra Leona. Five other doctors in Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola, and all have
died.
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