An Ebola nurse who was named Time magazine’s person of the year in 2014 has died after giving birth to a son.
Salome Karwah, 28, from Liberia, gave birth to Jeramiah by cesarean section on February 17.
But husband James Harris claims medical staff were unwilling to touch her because she was a survivor of Ebola.
The mother-of-four, who tested negative for the disease, was re-admitted to hospital when she experienced complications after the birth.
Mr Harris said his wife started having convulsions and foamed at the mouth.
He told NPR: ‘[The doctor] was checking Facebook.
‘Nurses came to help me, but the doctor told me that she would not touch her, and that if [Salome] stayed [at the hospital] she would die.’
He said that hospital workers did not treat her as quickly as they could have because of lingering superstitions about Ebola survivors.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Francis Kateh, told the BBC: ‘We have to do a thorough investigation.’
Husband James Harris claims medical staff were unwilling to touch her because she was a survivor of Ebola. Chief Medical Officer Dr Francis Kateh said the matter is being investigated
During the Ebola crisis of 2014, Ms Karwah lost her mother, father and brother to the disease.
The couple, who met in 2013, both caught the disease in the summer of 2014.
Ms Karwah, who was pregnant at the time, her sister and Mr Harris survived the outbreak.
When they recovered, they were hired by Doctors Without Borders to help care for sufferers at their unit in Monrovia.
Ms Karwah caught Ebola in the summer of 2014 but miraculously survived, along with husband James Harris and her sister. She was hired by Doctors Without Borders to help after she recovered
While working for the charity, Ms Karwah was not afraid to touch people with the disease and soothed crying babies back to sleep.
As she had survived the usually deadly disease, she could touch sufferers and not be at risk of contracting Ebola again.
At the end of 2014, the nurse was named by Time Magazine, along with a group of ‘Ebola Fighters’ as Person of the Year.
She married Mr Harris in January 2016.
As she had survived the usually deadly disease, she could touch sufferers and not be at risk of contracting Ebola again. She was able to comfort her patients and sooth babies to sleep
Ms Karwah’s friend Adolphus Mawolo has launched a crowdfunding page to help support Mr Harris, who is unemployed, and his four children.
Mr Mawolo hopes to raise $20,000 to pay for medical bills, food, clothing and shelter.