Officials at Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha have released more details regarding the death of Ebola virus patient Dr. Martin Salia.
Dr. Salia was diagnosed with Ebola while working at a hospital in Sierra Leone on Monday, October 10th. He was airlifted to Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit in Omaha late Saturday afternoon and died early Monday morning. He received treatment for 36 hours.
Director of Critical Care Medicine Dr. Dan Johnson says Dr. Salia was in very critical condition when he arrived on Saturday. Dr. Johnson says, “He had no kidney function. He was working extremely hard to breathe and he was unresponsive. Within the first few hours of his arrival we started running continuous dialysis and within the first 12 hours he had progress to complete respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation.” Dr. Salia eventually went into cardiac arrest and died Monday morning.
Officials say Dr. Salia received plasma from an Ebola survivor, experimental medication and multiple treatments.
AUDIO: UNMC Chancellor Dr. Jeffery Gold announces death of Dr. Martin Salia. [:30]