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    Salone Karwah Time ‘Person of the Year’ Dies in Childbirth

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    Salome Karwah, a Liberian nurse who was pictured on the front cover of Time’s 2014 “Person of the Year” issue, has died after giving birth, the magazine reported Monday. Karwah was among the Ebola fighters who won “Person of the Year” honors during the West African 2014 Ebola outbreak. Karwah contracted Ebola but recovered, unlike most people who contracted the disease. Karwah’s rare recovery made her immune to the illness; and she used her immunity to become a nurse and treat others suffering from Ebola. But even after the disease subsided in Liberia, survivors were heavily stigmatized. Three days after giving birth to her fourth child on February 17, Karwah began having convulsions. When her family took her to a hospital for treatment, the staff refused to treat her because she was an Ebola survivor and staff did not want to touch her bodily fluids. In an interview with Time, Karwah’s sister said the stigma against Ebola survivors led to her death.