Dr. Martin Salia – A hero surgeon has been working in Sierra Leone – Keep him in your prayers.
The family of a surgeon who has been treating patients in his native Sierra Leone and who tested positive for Ebola is being called a hero by family members.
Dr. Martin Salia lives in New Carrollton, Md. with his wife Isapa, and the couple has two sons. The State Department has been in touch with his wife to coordinate Salia’s trip back to the U.S. for treatment. Dr. Salia arrived in Omaha on a medical transport plane around 3:45 p.m. Eastern time Saturday and was taken to Nebraska Medical Center, one of four U.S. facilities with a special biocontainment unit.
Hospital spokesman Taylor Wilson described Salia as “critically ill.” He is the 10th Ebola victim to be treated in the United States.
The Nebraska Medical Center did not name Salia, because of privacy laws, but said the transport team found the patient to be “extremely ill,” and medical workers who cared for him in Sierra Leone said he was “possibly sicker than the first patients successfully treated in the United States.”
Friends said Salia mostly lived in Freetown but visited his wife, Isatu Salia, and their two children, ages 12 and 20, in New Carrollton several times a year. He is a Sierra Leone citizen and permanent U.S. resident, while his wife is a U.S. citizen, according to the Obama administration official.
Salia has worked at Kissy United Methodist Hospital since 2012 and has been its chief medical officer since February, said John K. Yambasu, bishop of the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone and chair of the Religious Leaders Task Force on Ebola.
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