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Funeral Planned For Md. Doctor Who Died From Ebola

LANDOVER HILLS, Md. (WJZ) -- The Maryland man who died after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone will be laid to rest Saturday, Nov. 29.

Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon who was working in Sierra Leone, died Monday, Nov. 17, after he went into cardiac arrest while he was critically ill in a Nebraska hospital.

Salia, who lives in New Carrollton with his wife and two sons, was flown to the Nebraska hospital on Nov. 15 after testing positive for Ebola abroad. Although the physicians treating Salia were trying their best to save his life, he ultimately succumbed to the disease 36 hours after arriving back in the U.S.

A memorial service for Salia will be held Friday, Nov. 28 evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary's Church in Landover Hills. The funeral will be held Saturday, Nov. 29 at the same church at 1 p.m.

WJZ's Mike Hellgren spoke with Salia's wife Isatu and son Maada once they learned Salia had contracted the disease.

"He told us he knew the situation back home when this Ebola started. The fact that he would go back to his country and help is one thing that really amazed me because he showed the love that he has for his country,"his son said.  "The fact that he left here and went back to his country, that made me worry a little bit, especially when he's a doctor, and he treats patients because he doesn't know who has the virus."

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