Martin-Salia-Obituary

Martin Salia

1970 - 2014

Obituary

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said.

Nebraska Medical Center said in a news release that Dr. Martin Salia died as a result of the disease. Hospital spokesman Taylor Wilson said Salia died shortly after 4 a.m. Monday.

"Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him," said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit.

Salia arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated.

Salia had advanced symptoms when he arrived at the hospital Saturday, which included kidney and respiratory failure, the hospital said. He was placed on dialysis, a ventilator and given several medications to support his organ systems.

"We used every possible treatment available to give Dr. Salia every possible opportunity for survival," Smith said. "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's wife, Isatu Salia, said Monday that she and her family were grateful for the efforts made by her husband's medical team.

"We are so appreciate of the opportunity for my husband to be treated here and believe he was in the best place possible," Salia said.

Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Five other doctors in Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola, and all have died.

The 44-year-old Salia had been working as a general surgeon at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. It's not clear whether he was involved in the care of Ebola patients. Kissy is not an Ebola treatment unit, but Salia worked in at least three other facilities, United Methodist News said, citing health ministry sources.

Salia, a Sierra Leone citizen who lived in Maryland, first showed Ebola symptoms on Nov. 6 but tested negative for the virus. He eventually tested positive on Nov. 10.

Isatu Salia said in a telephone interview over the weekend that when she spoke to her husband early Friday his voice sounded weak and shaky. But he told her "I love you" in a steady voice, she said.

They prayed together, she said, calling her husband "my everything."

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NELSON LAMPE, Associated Press


Copyright © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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It was hard to believe that was you on a stretcher from Sierra Leone! And it is so difficult to accept you are gone. But I know for sure heroes never die. You 'll forever remain so cherished in our hearts. I still see your handwriting in my hospital card and still see you running as usual in the Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH -Cameroon) .Maada & Hiinwai, please take care of our mother! I know if given a second chance, you'll still go back to Sierra Leone to save lives. RIP my hero & may...

My condolence to the Martin Salia family,may God extend his Hand of mercy,and compassion to you by giving you peace..Matt.5:4....nc

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. God is close to the brokenhearted and will help you through this difficult time.

Condolences to Mrs. Salia and family members of Dr. Salia-

We are deeply saddened to hear the news about Dr. Salia.  We hope that the refreshing memories and spiritual texts of comfort in this guest book console you and help you to know that you are in our thoughts.  Visiting this guest book all of us are faced with life's brevity and the thing of most importance - the way we live our lives now.  
May Dr. Salia's accomplishments be written in God's "book of remembrance”...

"A House that sits on a hill cannot be hid"

"Earth has no Sorrow that heaven cannot heal." "Sorrow may endure for a season, but joy cometh in the morning." (Psa.30:5) Keep your eyes on the Lord! May the Lord grant you and the family the grace to endure this fiery trial. May the peace of God be with you all as you pas through this period of morning. It takes courage to stay and work in an environment where one knows many are dying and the resources are limited. May the death of your loved one not be in vain. The...

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Mrs Salia, we are very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband, our hearts are saddened. Draw close to God and he will draw close to you during your grief

My heart is saddened by your sudden loss of a cherished loved one and most honorable doctor whose primary mission was to heal the sick and save lives. Take every opportunity; early in the morning, throughout the day, or during restless hours while trying to sleep to petition God in prayer. Be assured that you can always throw all your anxiety on him--your Father, your Creator, and your friend because He cares for you. With deepest sympathy for your loss!

...People are grateful for Dr. Martin Salia's outstanding efforts in dedicating himself to help those in need. It's heartbreaking to know he was a victim himself and they weren't able to save him.
Although today the family grief the loss of a loved one, be assured that God will never forget his good deeds...May God grant you all inner peace and strength to continue dealing with your sadness.

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\r\n\r\n\r\nSalia's wife, Isatu Salia, said Monday that she and her family were grateful for the efforts made by her husband's medical team.

\r\n\r\n\"We are so appreciate of the opportunity for my husband to be treated here and believe he was in the best place possible,\" Salia said.

\r\n\r\nEbola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Five other doctors in Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola, and all have died.

\r\n\r\nThe 44-year-old Salia had been working as a general surgeon at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. It's not clear whether he was involved in the care of Ebola patients. Kissy is not an Ebola treatment unit, but Salia worked in at least three other facilities, United Methodist News said, citing health ministry sources.

\r\n\r\nSalia, a Sierra Leone citizen who lived in Maryland, first showed Ebola symptoms on Nov. 6 but tested negative for the virus. He eventually tested positive on Nov. 10.

\r\n\r\nIsatu Salia said in a telephone interview over the weekend that when she spoke to her husband early Friday his voice sounded weak and shaky. But he told her \"I love you\" in a steady voice, she said.

\r\n\r\nThey prayed together, she said, calling her husband \"my everything.\"

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\r\n\r\nNELSON LAMPE, Associated Press


Copyright © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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\r\n\r\nNebraska Medical Center said in a news release that Dr. Martin Salia died as a result of the disease. Hospital spokesman Taylor Wilson said Salia died shortly after 4 a.m. Monday.

\r\n\r\n"Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him," said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit.

\r\n\r\nSalia arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated.

\r\n\r\nSalia had advanced symptoms when he arrived at the hospital Saturday, which included kidney and respiratory failure, the hospital said. He was placed on dialysis, a ventilator and given several medications to support his organ systems.

\r\n\r\n"We used every possible treatment available to give Dr. Salia every possible opportunity for survival," Smith said. "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."

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\r\n\r\n\r\nSalia's wife, Isatu Salia, said Monday that she and her family were grateful for the efforts made by her husband's medical team.

\r\n\r\n"We are so appreciate of the opportunity for my husband to be treated here and believe he was in the best place possible," Salia said.

\r\n\r\nEbola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Five other doctors in Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola, and all have died.

\r\n\r\nThe 44-year-old Salia had been working as a general surgeon at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. It's not clear whether he was involved in the care of Ebola patients. Kissy is not an Ebola treatment unit, but Salia worked in at least three other facilities, United Methodist News said, citing health ministry sources.

\r\n\r\nSalia, a Sierra Leone citizen who lived in Maryland, first showed Ebola symptoms on Nov. 6 but tested negative for the virus. He eventually tested positive on Nov. 10.

\r\n\r\nIsatu Salia said in a telephone interview over the weekend that when she spoke to her husband early Friday his voice sounded weak and shaky. But he told her "I love you" in a steady voice, she said.

\r\n\r\nThey prayed together, she said, calling her husband "my everything."

\r\n\r\n___

\r\n\r\nNELSON LAMPE, Associated Press


Copyright © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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\r\n\r\nNebraska Medical Center said in a news release that Dr. Martin Salia died as a result of the disease. Hospital spokesman Taylor Wilson said Salia died shortly after 4 a.m. Monday.

\r\n\r\n\"Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him,\" said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit.

\r\n\r\nSalia arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated.

\r\n\r\nSalia had advanced symptoms when he arrived at the hospital Saturday, which included kidney and respiratory failure, the hospital said. He was placed on dialysis, a ventilator and given several medications to support his organ systems.

\r\n\r\n\"We used every possible treatment available to give Dr. Salia every possible opportunity for survival,\" Smith said. \"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.\"

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\r\n\r\n\r\nSalia's wife, Isatu Salia, said Monday that she and her family were grateful for the efforts made by her husband's medical team.

\r\n\r\n\"We are so appreciate of the opportunity for my husband to be treated here and believe he was in the best place possible,\" Salia said.

\r\n\r\nEbola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Five other doctors in Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola, and all have died.

\r\n\r\nThe 44-year-old Salia had been working as a general surgeon at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. It's not clear whether he was involved in the care of Ebola patients. Kissy is not an Ebola treatment unit, but Salia worked in at least three other facilities, United Methodist News said, citing health ministry sources.

\r\n\r\nSalia, a Sierra Leone citizen who lived in Maryland, first showed Ebola symptoms on Nov. 6 but tested negative for the virus. He eventually tested positive on Nov. 10.

\r\n\r\nIsatu Salia said in a telephone interview over the weekend that when she spoke to her husband early Friday his voice sounded weak and shaky. But he told her \"I love you\" in a steady voice, she said.

\r\n\r\nThey prayed together, she said, calling her husband \"my everything.\"

\r\n\r\n___

\r\n\r\nNELSON LAMPE, Associated Press


Copyright © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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