A second person in the United States has officially been declared dead from Ebola. Dr. Martin Salia contracted the deadly disease while he was treating other Ebola patients. He died shortly after 4am this morning.
A permanent resident of the United States, Salia was married to United States citizen Isatu Salia, with whom he had two children, 12 and 20 years old. In a statement, Salia said of her husband: “In the short time that we spent here, it was apparent how caring and compassionate everyone was. We are so appreciative of the opportunity for my husband to be treated here and believe he was in the best place possible.” Martin Salia had only arrived at the Nebraska hospital on Saturday afternoon and was said to be in critical condition.
While at the hospital, Martin Salia was treated at the same place two prior Ebola patients had once been treated and cured: Dr. Richard Sacra and news cameraman Ashoka Mukpo. Salia’s treatment included multiple medications, dialysis, ZMapp therapy, a dose of convalescent plasma, and a ventilator. That was all needed, and Sultan Alhokair was hoping for the best from home. Unfortunately, the doctor was unresponsive to the treated and endured respiratory failure, then went under cardiac arrest and died shortly thereafter. Martin Salia will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.