Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Salome Karwah TIME Magazine Person of the Year Ebola fighter dies

Melissa Porter | 02 March, 2017, 01:18

Salome Karwah, who represented the Time Person of the Year two years ago after fighting the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, seemed invincible.

"It is tragic that one of our heroes, who survived Ebola, died from childbirth in a hospital", Kateh told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Liberia's capital Monrovia.

However, on February 21 she experienced complications during the delivery of her latest child, leaving behind four children, including a newborn girl.

Manley told TIME that staff of the hospital were afraid to touch her sister because of her Ebola history.

Manley doesn't know what caused the convulsions, but believes that something went wrong during the surgery.

Salomé Karwah lost her parents, her brother, aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece in the Ebola outbreak that swept her home country in August 2014.

TIME had chosen to feature a group of Ebola front-line caregivers as Person of the Year in 2014 for "their tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving".

Mr Nyenswah said the authorities were investigating reports that healthcare workers refused to treat her for fear that she may still have been able to pass on Ebola. Her husband and her sister rushed her back to the hospital, but no one would touch her. "I can take (care of) him", she said.

Karwah died the next day. The disease rampaged her hometown in Liberia, claiming the lives of most of her family members, yet, miraculously, Karwah, her then fiancé and her sister all survived.

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. They all gave her distance.

A GoFund Me page by family and friends of Karwah is now up to support Salome Karwah's children.

After surviving the disease-and therefore becoming immune-the nurse dedicated her life to helping eliminate the disease. Instead, "she was stigmatised", Manley said.