Dr. Martin Salia, who contracted Ebola while working as a surgeon in Sierra Leone, is heading to the U.S. He was evacuated on a chartered flight early Saturday morning.

A surgeon from Sierra Leone has died of Ebola at the Nebraska hospital where he was being treated after arriving from West Africa over the weekend, the hospital said Monday.

Dr. Martin Salia, a permanent U.S. resident, contracted the virus while working in a Freetown hospital, according to his family. He was suffering from advanced symptoms, including kidney and respiratory failure, when he arrived at the Nebraska Medical Center on Saturday, the hospital said in a statement.

“We are sorry to announce that the 3rd Ebola patient, Dr. Martin Salia, has passed away as a result of the advanced symptoms of the disease,” the med center tweeted around 7:30 a.m.

Written by Katie Knapp Schubert
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