By Erin McClam (NBC News)……
Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon who was diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone and flown to Nebraska over the weekend for treatment, has died, hospital officials said Monday.
Salia, 44, became the second person to die of the disease in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted Ebola in Liberia and travelled to Dallas, died last month.
Salia landed Saturday in Omaha. He was the 10th patient to be treated on American soil and the third at Nebraska Medical Center. Hospital officials had said that he was perhaps sicker than any other patient flown to the United States from West Africa.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the hospital’s bio-containment unit. “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.” “We really, really gave it everything we could,” said critical care specialist Dr. Dan Johnson. Dr. Salia was extremely critically ill,” Johnson added. “He had no kidney function. He was working extremely hard to breathe and he was unresponsive.”
He was put on a ventilator and given dialysis, but his blood pressure plummeted. Mapp Bio- Pharmaceuticals, the California company that produces ZMapp, scraped up a dose of the experimental drug for Salia and he got that, as well as a transfusion of serum from an Ebola survivor. But despite those efforts and treatment with saline and other rehydration agents, he worsened and died Monday, the doctors said.
“I am very, very proud of the care we provided. I know that we gave him every possible chance to survive,” Johnson said. Two other patients treated at the center, medical missionary Dr. Rick Sacra and NBC freelance camera operator Ashoka Mukpo, survived.
His case illustrated what doctors have been saying: Early treatment matters. Salia was the 10th person treated in the United States for Ebola and only the second to die. In the West African epidemic, seven out of 10 patients are dying.
Dr. Phil Smith, who led the treatment team, says there will be no autopsy because the body of someone who’s died from Ebola is too infectious.
Salia, a native of Sierra Leone and a legal U.S. resident, was living in Sierra Leone and working at a hospital when he was diagnosed last week. The Ebola outbreak, the worst in recorded history, has killed more than 5,000 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
Salia’s wife Isatu Salia and two children live in the Washington suburb of New Carrollton, Maryland. A son, Maada, told NBC News last week that Salia knew the risk of working in West Africa but wanted to do his part. Salia’s family asked for privacy. “We are saddened by the news of our dear brother, who was a husband, father, and friend,” the family said in a statement.
“Even though he knows the sickness is already out, he decided to still go and help his people because he wanted to show that he loves his people,” the son said. “He’s really, really a hero to me.”
Social Media Condolences…RIP Dr Martin Salia
Millions of condolences from all over the world are pouring in on the social media, following the unexpected death of Dr Martin Salia. His death is not only a great loss to USA, but to Africa and Sierra Leone at large. He is the sith (6th) Sierra Leonean doctor to be killed by this dangerous Ebola disease.
Mr Kamachie Kaimachiande of New York lamented on the timeline of the “Friends Of Paramount Chief Paul Ngaba Saquee”” on Facebook; “ANOTHER SAD DAY ON THE WAR ON EBOLA …….. REST IN PEACE DR SALIA! YOU PUT ON A BRAVE FIGHT TO HELP YOUR COUNTRY AND IN THE PROCESS YOU LOST YOUR PRECIOUS LIFE. THIS IS NOT IN VAIN, FOR YOUR COUNTRY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AS ONE OF THOSE GALLANT SONS OF THE SOIL THAT SACRIFICE SELF FOR THE GREATER GOOD. MAY YOUR DEPARTED SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE IN THE BOSOM OF THE ALMIGHTY”.
Philip Fatorma added his saddened voice on the “Collective Action For Peace and Progress-Sierra Leone (CAPP-SL); “Everything was done in order for our list of lost doctors not to have reached 6. Upon his infection, he was flown to the U.S. to be treated. Everything was done as far as medical expertise makes available both locally and internationally, notwithstanding he gave up the ghost. His caring nature was not restricted to his patients but was rather a projection of what he practiced at home. The people of Sierra Leone would miss you, especially the College of Medicine and Allied Health sciences (University of Sierra Leone). Rest in peace Dr. Salia.
One Baimba Kamara in the USA shared his condolence lamenting; “I do not believe in conspiracy theory: But a question must be asked. Why all the Americans that contracted Ebola in West Africa survived after their medical treatments in the United States but Africans coming here for the same treatment do not survive? Do we Africans what? I am ……”
Finda E Mbayo tearfully concluded; “May his gentle soul rest in peace and my deepest condolence to the bereaved families at home and abroad and most especially to the medical family. We’ve lost another hero”.