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Funeral for Maryland Hero doctor held in Prince George’s County.

– Landover Hills – Maryland.


The funeral procession for Dr. Martin Salia, the Sierra Leone-born physician who died of Ebola, arrives at Faith Community of St. Mary Church, in Landover Hills, Maryland, November 29, 2014. Salia’s wife, Isatu, carries the urn with his cremated ashes along with sons, Mada Martin (L) and Hinwaii Sakatty Salia (R) (MIKE THEILER, Reuters)

Dr. Martin Salia didn’t get into the medical profession to get rich, and even though he was a permanent U.S. resident, he chose to work in his native Sierra Leone because the need for surgeons there was so great.

Although his medical colleagues were worried when he returned there to treat Ebola patients, they said the decision was consistent with his character.

The 44-year-old surgeon was remembered Saturday at his funeral Mass as a tireless, selfless and heroic advocate for medical care for the less fortunate. Salia died of Ebola on Nov. 17 after being flown to a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, in the advanced stages of the deadly virus. He became the second person to die in the United States after contracting Ebola in West Africa, where it has killed more than 5,000 people.

Ron Klain, the White House Ebola response coordinator, read a personal note of condolence from President Barack Obama to Salia’s family.

“The greatest heroes are people who choose to face danger, who voluntarily put themselves at risk to help others,” Klain said. “Martin Salia was such a man.”

The 90-minute Mass at the home parish of Salia’s family in Maryland drew a crowd that swelled to the hundreds. Relatives, friends, colleagues and dignitaries from both the U.S. and Sierra Leone were in attendance, along with Sierra Leonean immigrants from around the country, some of whom said they didn’t know Salia personally.

Salia’s wife, Isatu Salia, wept as she carried a small black box containing her husband’s cremated remains into the church, flanked by the couple’s sons, 20-year-old Maada and 14-year-old Hinwaii.

Bockari Stevens, the Sierra Leonean ambassador to the United States, called Salia a national hero who abandoned “the luxuries of the United States” to aid his homeland.

“It is a loss not only to your family. It is a loss to our country,” Stevens said.

Stevens called for the United States to do more to “ensure that this scourge is blighted” in Sierra Leone and the other West African nations stricken by Ebola. Klain pledged that more aid was on the way.

“The world’s response has been too late, but now, help is coming,” he said to applause.

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 FILE – In this April 2014, file photo, provided by the United Methodist News Service, Dr. Martin Salia poses for a photo at the United Methodist Church’s Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone. Salia, who died of Ebola after treating patients in his native Sierra Leone, will be remembered in the suburbs of Washington, where his family lives. Forty-four-year-old Salia died earlier this month at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. His body was cremated. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.


Hero Doctor with Ebola has ties to Prince George’s County.


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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