She sur­vived Ebola, but not the stigma

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - GLOBAL ROUND-UP -

Médecins Sans Fron­tières Ebola nurse and Time mag­a­zine’s 2014 Per­son of the Year, Salomé Har­ris (née Kar­wah), has died fol­low­ing a cae­sarean sec­tion in Liberia. Salome had given birth to her fourth child and been dis­charged from hospi­tal when she be­gan con­vuls­ing. Her hus­band, James Har­ris, and her sis­ter, Josephine Man­ley, rushed her to ca­su­alty, but hospi­tal staff re­fused to touch her for fear of the Ebola virus. Salomé was im­mune to the virus, hav­ing sur­vived the out­break that dec­i­mated her fam­ily and her town in 2014. Her sis­ter says no one knows what caused Salomé’s death, but she be­lieves that she might have lived had she re­ceived treat­ment.

Salomé on the cover of Time and (right) work­ing in a Médicins Sans Fron­tières hospi­tal in Mon­rovia, Liberia. Far right: James feeds their newly-born child.

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