General surgeon, Martin Salia, was working in Sierra Leone at the Kissy United Methodist Hospital when he contracted the Ebola virus and now is in a Nebraska hospital and is in severely critical condition. Originally, from Maryland, Salia was first showing ebola symptoms on Nov.6, but originally tested negative. Then, on Monday, November 11, he tested positive.
This time around, as reported by the Nebraska Medical Center, the doctors who are treating Marin Salia, are “using the maximum amount of supportive care possible in an effort to save his life.” It was further described as an “hour by hour situation” according to the head of the hospital’s biocontainment unit.
West Africa has had more than 5,000 individuals die from Ebola, and they were mostly from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Thankfully, for the 10 candidates treated for Ebola in the U.S., all but one have lived.
Salia’s wife reported that when she first spoke with him on the phone, he sounded weak and shaky, telling her he loved her. They prayed together and for their two children who are 12 and 20. Salia’s wife referred to her husband as “my everything.”
Unfortunately, their have been 5 other doctors in Sierra Leone who have contracted Ebola, as Sierra Leone was hit very hard with the virus. None of these doctors have survived. Our thoughts, prayers, and support go out to Dr. Salia and his family.
*This report includes details from the Associated Press
* Photo Credit to NBC News