By Theodore Shoebat
Ebola has killed another person in America. A man named Martin Salia from Sierra Leon who was transported to Nebraska Medical Center:
Ebola has claimed its second victim in the United States, as Dr. Martin Salia died this weekend after being transported from Sierra Leone to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for life-saving treatment. Salia’s condition was critical, and the deadly virus was already in advanced stages.
Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medical Center, released a statement breaking the news Monday morning.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” stated Smith. “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.”
“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.”
Salia, 44, tested positive for the deadly virus last Monday after seeing his first symptoms on Nov. 6. He was transported from Sierra Leone to the University of Nebraska Medical Center on Saturday, and was the third Ebola patient to be treated at the Omaha hospital this year.
Salia, a citizen of Sierra Leone who was also a permanent U.S. resident in New Carrolton, Maryland, was diagnosed with Ebola on Nov. 10. A native of Sierra Leone, Salia had contracted Ebola while working at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown.
The U.S. State Department confirmed Thursday that it was transporting Salia from Sierra Leone to Nebraska for life-saving treatment. Salia, who lived in Maryland with his wife, a U.S. citizen, and their two sons, was the first non-U.S. citizen with Ebola to be flown to the U.S. for treatment.
The first victim of the latest Ebola outbreak to die in the United States was Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, who died on Oct. 8 from the virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, after he was in direct contact with a neighbor in Liberia who died from the virus before he traveled to the U.S.