Martin Salia, a Sierra Leonean doctor sick with Ebola, is pictured in this handout photo taken February 2013 and provided by the United Brethren (UB). Credit: Reuters/Jeff Bleijerveld, director of Global Ministries/UBCentral.org/Handout
Martin Salia, a Sierra Leonean doctor sick with Ebola, is pictured in this handout photo taken February 2013 and provided by the United Brethren (UB).
Credit: Reuters/Jeff Bleijerveld, director of Global Ministries/UBCentral.org/Handout

(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.

Salia will be the third patient treated for Ebola in the Nebraska hospital’s Biocontainment Unit since the outbreak gained momentum this year in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Salia was chief medical officer at the United Methodist Church’s Kissy Hospital when he was confirmed on Tuesday to have contracted Ebola

Reporting by: UMARU FOFANA/BARBARA GOLDBERG – continue at REUTERS

 

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