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Funeral for Maryland Hero doctor held in Prince George’s County.

– Landover Hills – Maryland.

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The funeral procession for Dr. Martin Salia, the Sierra Leone-born physician who died of Ebola, arrives at Faith Community of St. Mary Church, in Landover Hills, Maryland, November 29, 2014. Salia’s wife, Isatu, carries the urn with his cremated ashes along with sons, Mada Martin (L) and Hinwaii Sakatty Salia (R) (MIKE THEILER, Reuters)

Dr. Martin Salia didn’t get into the medical profession to get rich, and even though he was a permanent U.S. resident, he chose to work in his native Sierra Leone because the need for surgeons there was so great.

Although his medical colleagues were worried when he returned there to treat Ebola patients, they said the decision was consistent with his character.

The 44-year-old surgeon was remembered Saturday at his funeral Mass as a tireless, selfless and heroic advocate for medical care for the less fortunate. Salia died of Ebola on Nov. 17 after being flown to a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, in the advanced stages of the deadly virus. He became the second person to die in the United States after contracting Ebola in West Africa, where it has killed more than 5,000 people.

Ron Klain, the White House Ebola response coordinator, read a personal note of condolence from President Barack Obama to Salia’s family.

“The greatest heroes are people who choose to face danger, who voluntarily put themselves at risk to help others,” Klain said. “Martin Salia was such a man.”

The 90-minute Mass at the home parish of Salia’s family in Maryland drew a crowd that swelled to the hundreds. Relatives, friends, colleagues and dignitaries from both the U.S. and Sierra Leone were in attendance, along with Sierra Leonean immigrants from around the country, some of whom said they didn’t know Salia personally.

Salia’s wife, Isatu Salia, wept as she carried a small black box containing her husband’s cremated remains into the church, flanked by the couple’s sons, 20-year-old Maada and 14-year-old Hinwaii.

Bockari Stevens, the Sierra Leonean ambassador to the United States, called Salia a national hero who abandoned “the luxuries of the United States” to aid his homeland.

“It is a loss not only to your family. It is a loss to our country,” Stevens said.

Stevens called for the United States to do more to “ensure that this scourge is blighted” in Sierra Leone and the other West African nations stricken by Ebola. Klain pledged that more aid was on the way.

“The world’s response has been too late, but now, help is coming,” he said to applause.

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 FILE – In this April 2014, file photo, provided by the United Methodist News Service, Dr. Martin Salia poses for a photo at the United Methodist Church’s Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone. Salia, who died of Ebola after treating patients in his native Sierra Leone, will be remembered in the suburbs of Washington, where his family lives. Forty-four-year-old Salia died earlier this month at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. His body was cremated. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.
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Dr. Martin Salia – A hero surgeon & PGCPS Parent dies.

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UPDATE: Dr. Martin Salia has died, according to the Nebraska Medical Center. “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him,” Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at the hospital said in a statement.

Dr. Martin Salia, the most recent Ebola patient to seek treatment in the United States, arrived in Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday, Nov. 15. Salia, a 44-year-old Sierra Leone citizen who lives in Maryland, was recently promoted to chief medical officer of Kissy United Methodist Hospital in one of the poorest areas of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Although he was deemed well enough to travel to the U.S. to seek treatment for Ebola, his condition is critical by all accounts. The Associated Press reported that Dr. Phil Smith, who is helping treat Salia at the Nebraska Medical Center’s biocontainment unit, said Salia is “extremely ill” and it is an “hour-by-hour situation.”

Reports vary on when Salia first began exhibiting symptoms of the disease. He tested positive for the virus on Nov. 10, 2014.

Videos from the United Methodist Church that feature Salia offer some insight into the surgeon’s career. According to one video, Salia took a pay cut to stay at Kissy. In another, Salia describes how his strong sense of duty toward the people of Freetown and his faith informed his decision to become a surgeon. He did this while commuting back and forth between Sierra Leone and here in Prince George’s County where he had a family in New Carrollton, Maryland. He is survived by his wife Isapa, and the couple had two sons who are all Prince Georgians!

“I strongly believe that God brought me here to fix whatever comes to my doorway,” Salia says.

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The above videos shows Dr. Salia and his colleagues praying before surgery. He chose to help the poor of the poorest rather than live a life of luxury. 

“Dr.Salia could have gone into private service and made a lucrative living,” Bruce Steffes, executive director of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons, through which Salia received his training, told The Washington Post. “But the fact that he stayed committed to missionary hospitals tells you everything you need to know about who he is and his faith and what’s important to him.” >>> Read more Washington Post. 

PRAYER SERVICE, FUND

According to the United Methodist Church, the Great Plains Conference of The United Methodist Church organized a prayer service as a show of support for Dr. Martin Salia. The prayer service was held Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Hanscom United Methodist Church, Omaha, Nebraska.

In addition, the Great Plains Conference has established a fund to receive gifts toward the cost of his transportation to Omaha and related medical costs not covered by other sources. Contributions can be made through any United Methodist church, or sent directly to: Great Plains Conference Office, 4201 SW 15th, PO Box 4187, Topeka, KS 66604. Please put “Dr. Salia Fund” on the memo line. Your gift helps. No gift is too big or too small because every gift will support and help this family in crisis. >>> Read more 

See Great Plains Conference for more information.

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