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Ebola fighter, Time person of the year, dies in childbirth

March 1, 2017 6:38 AM
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Ebola fighter, Time person of the year, dies in childbirth

The Liberian government has confirmed the death in childbirth of a nursing assistant who was among those named Person of the Year by Time magazine in 2014 for helping to fight the Ebola outbreak.

Salome Karwah died two weeks ago, but news of her death has just become public knowledge, according to Tolbert Nyenswah, the man who headed Liberia’s Ebola fight and who now heads the country’s newly established National Public Health Institute.

Ms Karwah contracted Ebola but recovered, making her immune to the illness. She went on to become a nurse and treat others suffering from Ebola.

More than 4,000 died in Liberia during the West Africa Ebola outbreak from 2014-2015.

People became infected with the virus from direct contact with someone with Ebola through broken skin, or the mouth and nose, with the blood, vomit, faeces or bodily fluids.

Normally if a Caesarean section is conducted, the person is supposed to stay in the hospital for seven days and monitored to see whether there are complications.

“The investigation is not concluded, so I wouldn’t want to jump the boat,” he said.


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