‘How heroic Ebola nurse died because doctors refused to touch her’

by Azeez Adeniyi

More details have emerged about the death of Salome Karwah of Liberia, a nurse who survived Ebola and used her experience to help others with the virus.

Karwah who graced the cover of Time magazine had died shortly after giving birth to her fourth child.

Her husband, James Harris has said doctors and nurses failed to cater for his wife because she is an Ebola survivor.

“My wife died because she was not catered to by nurses and doctors. The reason, I believe, is because she is an Ebola survivor,” James Harris said.

“I am saying this because I heard some nurses telling friends not to go near my wife because she is a survivor.”

Harris said, his wife was admitted to hospital in the capital, Monrovia, where she gave birth by caesarian section.

She returned home just two days later, telling her husband that some of the nurses refused to touch her.

Harris said she later developed complications but a doctor dismissed him and asked him to buy an injection for his wife.

“My wife was an Ebola survivor. She contracted the virus during the outbreak and she recovered,” Harris said, bouncing the healthy new baby on his knee.

“She saved lives, she held babies who had Ebola, and she helped them to get better. She did not deserve this kind of treatment.”

The hospital has refused to comment on her death, but Liberia’s chief medical officer, Francis Kateh, told AFP that the authorities were investigating the case.

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