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By Kathy L. Gilbert
Nov. 17, 2014 | (UMNS)
The Sierra Leone United Methodist Conference is in shock over the death of Dr. Martin Salia from Ebola. Salia, who was the chief medical officer and only surgeon at United Methodist Kissy Hospital, died after he was airlifted to the United States for treatment.
“We are trying to come to terms with the reality of his death,” said Bishop John K. Yambasu. “We never thought we would be losing one of our head doctors to Ebola.”
The daily struggle against Ebola of United Methodists in Sierra Leone reached into world headlines once again with the infection and death in mid-November of a prominent surgeon associated with Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Freetown. But the church’s fight began months ago.
The experience of Dr. Martin Salia, transferred to the United States for treatment at the Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, put the spotlight on a community of faith deeply involved in grassroots efforts to stop the spread of the dreaded disease. Dr. Salia died on the morning of November 17.