Doctor dies after treating Ebola patients

(Provided Photo/Chad Priest)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Authorities say the top doctor treating Ebola in Sierra Leone has died from the disease.

Dr. Shek Umar had been hospitalized in quarantine since he contracted the virus that has killed more than 670 people across West Africa this year.

Two American health care doctors are also sick with the deadly virus in Liberia, including Indianapolis native Dr. Kent Brantly.

Tuesday night his wife, Amber and their immediate family, released a statement.

“We sincerely thank the thousands of people worldwide who have lifted up Kent and this dreadful situation in prayer,” the family shared. “Kent remains very physically weak but his spirit has been determined throughout this ordeal.”

The family is also asking for prayers the other sick healthcare worker, Nancy Writebol, the healthcare workers and other Ebola patients. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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