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Ebola nurse named Time Person of the Year dies after giving birth

By Ed Adamczyk
Ebola nurse named Time Person of the Year dies after giving birth
Salome Karwah Harris, 32, who represented "Ebola Fighters" as time magazine's 2014 Persons of the Year, died last week after childbirth in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo courtesy of Time magazine

Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Salome Karwah Harris, a Liberian nurse named as one of Time's people of the year for her fight against Ebola, died after giving birth, her family announced.

Time put Harris, 32, on the cover of its Person of the Year edition in 2014 to represent the healthcare workers who battled the Ebola epidemic that spread that year.

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She and husband James Harris survived the disease, and were hired by the medical organization Doctors Without Borders to work with patients near Monrovia, Liberia, since their exposure to the virus left them immune to contracting it again.

She had a baby boy on Feb. 17, her fourth child, but had convulsions after she left the Monrovia hospital. Returning to the hospital, her seizures panicked the staff, her family said.

"They said she was an Ebola survivor. They didn't want contact with her fluids. They all gave her distance. No one would give her an injection. She was stigmatized," her sister, Josephine Manley, told Time. Harris died the following day.

News of her death spread through Monrovia and beyond. Ella Watson-Stryker, a Doctors Without Borders health promoter who worked with Harris, said, "To survive Ebola and then die in the larger yet silent epidemic of health system failure, I have no words."

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