Doctor dies after treating Ebola patients

(Provided Photo/Chad Priest)
(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.

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