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Ebola surgeon Dr Martin Salia's fight for life in US

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A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone was in a critical condition at an American hospital, his doctors said.

Dr Martin Salia, who was diagnosed with Ebola last Monday, arrived in Omaha on Saturday to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Centre's biocontainment unit that has successfully treated two other Ebola patients in recent months.

Dr Salia is "extremely ill," said Dr Phil Smith, who is helping oversee his treatment. The 44-year-old might be more ill than the first Ebola patients successfully treated in the United States, according to the hospital.

"This is an hour-by-hour situation," Dr Smith said, adding that a team of specialists is treating Dr Salia's most serious issues. "We will do everything humanly possible to help him fight this disease."

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