Sierra Leone doctor with Ebola headed to U.S. is critically ill

Saturday, November 15, 2014
By Paul Martin

Reuters.com
Sat Nov 15, 2014

(Reuters) – A Sierra Leone surgeon with Ebola being flown to the United States for treatment is critically ill, possibly sicker than other patients treated in the U.S., the Nebraska Medical Center said on Saturday.

Dr Martin Salia, 44, a permanent U.S. resident who caught Ebola working as a surgeon in a Freetown hospital, was stable enough to take a flight from West Africa to the U.S. and was expected to arrive in Nebraska at 4 p.m. local time (22:00 GMT) on Saturday, the hospital said in a statement.

“Although the patient’s exact condition won’t be available until doctors here evaluate him after he arrives, information coming from the team caring for him in Sierra Leone indicates he is critically ill – possibly sicker than the first patients successfully treated in the United States,” the hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, said in a statement.

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