On 16/Nov/2014 / In Medical News
The plane carrying a surgeon stricken with Ebola landed in Nebraska today, making him the 10th patient to be treated for the virus in the United States.
Dr. Martin Salia was infected with Ebola while treating patients at a hospital in Sierra Leone. He was not treating patients in an Ebola ward when he became infected, according to The Associated Press.
Salia, 44, is a permanent resident in the U.S. and married to a U.S. citizen.
The Sierra Leone native will be treated at the biocontainment unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, which has treated two other Ebola patients, Dr. Richard Sacra and Ashoka Mukpo, a news cameraman.
Upon arrival Salia was transferred to a waiting ambulance in an isolation unit called an ISOPOD, a device used in the transportation of a potentially infectious patient, a hospital official said.
Salia is reportedly "critically ill," but was stable enough for the lengthy flight to Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center officials said in a statement. He is "possibly sicker than the first patients successfully treated in the United States."
"We will do everything humanly possible to help him fight this disease," Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medical Center, said in a statement. "This is an hour-by-hour situation."
His wife, Isatu Salia, and their son planned to travel to Nebraska to be with him, the family told ABC News.
By GILLIAN MOHNEY
Good Morning America
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