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Time’s 2014 ‘Person of the Year’ & Ebola Survivor Liberian Nurse Salome Karwah Dies in Childbirth



Liberian Nurse, Salome Karwah was made Time magazine ‘Person of the Year’ in 2014, after surviving the Ebola outbreak that killed thousands of people in West Africa. Salome passed away on Monday after giving birth to her fourth child.

According to Time

The disease that tore through her town in August of that year took her mother, her father, her brother, aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece. But by some miracle it left Karwah, her sister Josephine Manley and her fiancé James Harris still alive.

Salome Karwah contracted Ebola and her rare recovery made her immune to the illness and she started treating others suffering from Ebola. However, after the disease subsided in Liberia, survivors are still heavily stigmatized and Salome’s sister, Josephine, believes this is the cause of her death.

Time reported that she delivered a healthy boy, Solomon, by cesarian section on February 17 and was discharged from hospital three days later.

Within hours of coming home, Karwah lapsed into convulsions. Her husband and her sister rushed her back to the hospital, but no one would touch her. Her foaming mouth and violent seizures panicked the staff. “They said she was an Ebola survivor,” says her sister by telephone. “They didn’t want contact with her fluids. They all gave her distance. No one would give her an injection.”

Josephine says if her sister had been treated immediately, she might have had a chance. Instead, “she was stigmatized.”



  1. Ferrari

    March 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    How sad.

  2. oo

    March 1, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Chai, what a waste. RIP Superwoman

  3. Tee

    March 1, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Sounds like she had Eclampsia, in which case with the appropriate management her death could have been avoided. I hope those who denied her care are held accountable, but let’s be honest it’s quite unlikely

  4. Ada

    March 1, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Don’t the hospital staff in Libera have training and protective gear. To wear while treating her? This is sad.

    • Joker

      March 1, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Smiling in my office. As if Nigerian hospitals have. May we not be victims of ill fate.

  5. Marian

    March 1, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    My goodness!!!! That’s why we have isolation precautions!!! This is so irritating because they should be one of the most educated people on ebola and ebola precautions.

    She’s already immune to it since she had it before, worst case scenario sef, we freaking have isolation protocol for things like this.

    Gosh, i hope they lose their license and are sued by the family.
    This is so sad and painful.

  6. gbaskelebo still evolving

    March 1, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Rest in peace Beautiful and strong one, you still brought that life in, even in the midst of enlightenment we still face this??? I sometimes wonder if ignorance is not worse than the act of terrorism!

  7. Somto

    March 1, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Sooo who performed the C section to deliver the baby, they found her safe to then

  8. Bella

    March 1, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Once again – ignorance rears its ugly head in our continent to the unnecessary peril of a young lady. what a waste, what a loss. May she RIP

  9. tunmi

    March 1, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    This is painful af. She didn’t die from the ebola but it’s childbirth that comes and kill her. This is just too painful

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      It was ignorance that killed her, not even the childbirth. Simply the terrible ignorance of the people who should have tried to save her life.

      And all this after living through one of the worst epidemics the world had seen, to pass on like this two years later. The irony is very bitter.

  10. Frida

    March 1, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Eclampsia! What a shame

  11. Ogbuefi

    March 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    May her soul rest in peace and I pray God to comfort her family. Maternal mortality is still Africa’s greatest health challenge… NGO & Churches, pls your support is highly needed as Government is clearly over-whelmed.

  12. EE

    March 1, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Everybody dies, not everybody has a chance to be a hero and must when offered that chance never take it up.

    She did and her example will live on as an inspiration, she lived a great life. Paradise is her’s.

  13. nene+

    March 1, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    ?.When will Africa overcome these maternal mortality?

  14. funmilola

    March 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    ignorance kills faster…
    rip Salome, you did well!

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