St John of God missionary dies after contracting Ebola while treating patients

he missionary priest repatriated to Spain from Liberia earlier this month after contracting Ebola has died in the Madrid hospital where he was being treated.

Miguel Pajares, 75, had been in isolation at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital since arriving in Spain on a military jet last Thursday when he became the first Ebola victim to be treated on European soil.

A hospital spokesman confirmed that he had died at 9.30 on Tuesday morning just a day after Spain’s health ministry said it had obtained a course of the US-made experimental drug ZMapp over the weekend in order to treat the priest.

He was being treated with the experimental drug ZMapp.

Father  Pajares had tested positive for the viral hemorrhagic fever last Tuesday at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia where he had been helping to treat patients infected with the virus.

Two of his fellow workers at the hospital who tested positive at the same time have since died from the virus.

All belonged to the Order of St. John of God a Catholic group that runs hospitals around the world, which had asked Spain to repatriate the Spanish priest and a nun who was in isolation with him.


May he rest in peace.


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