Americans recover from Ebola

8.22.14:  American missionaries released from hospital


ATLANTA (AP) — An American missionary infected with Ebola while serving in Liberia has left his isolation unit at an Atlanta hospital and says his recovery is “miraculous.”


Officials at Emory University Hospital say Dr. Kent Brantly poses no public health threat. Fellow medical missionary Nancy Writebol was quietly discharged two days ago.


Brantly used his discharge to thank the medical staff, those who prayed for him and to express the role of his faith in his recovery. Ebola is often fatal.


Brantly says he didn’t realize that so many people had prayed for him while he was in isolation. He said he started praying after he was first diagnosed a month ago that God would give him the strength to maintain his faith.


Brantly and Writebol were infected while working with Ebola victims in Liberia. Their charity organizations, Samaritan’s Purse and SIM, reached out to top infectious disease experts for help. They were given the experimental drug known as Zmapp.


The son of American medical missionary Nancy Writebol says his mother’s condition is getting “better and better.” Writebol was quietly released on Tuesday from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where she was treated after contracting Ebola while working in Liberia.


Jeremy Writebol says his mother is recuperating at an “undisclosed location” and wants time to gain strength and to be with her husband.


Writebol says the medical staff, medicine and science contributed to what God is doing in his mother’s body.


He says it’s too early for her to make plans but that she remains open to what God wants.