The surgeon who was flown back to the United States this weekend after contracting Ebola working in Sierra Leone has died, the University of Nebraska Medical Center announced.
Dr Martin Salia was diagnosed with the deadly virus on Monday and arrived in Omaha for care on Saturday, where doctors described the 44-year-old as ‘extremely ill’ and in perhaps worse condition than any other Ebola patient treated in the U.S.
By Sunday the Sierra Leone native’s condition had deteriorated to extremely critical. The center had previously cured two other patients of Ebola this fall.
‘It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,’ said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medical Center. ‘Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.’
Dr Salia had advanced symptoms of the virus when he arrived, the hospital said in a statement, including kidney and respiratory failure. They desperately tried to save him by placing him on dialysis, a ventilator and giving him several medications to support his organs.