Atlanta GA, Dr. Kent Brantly, Ebola, Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center, Emory University Hospital, experimental serum, glad to be home, improving, in good spirits, isolation, Liberia, Marietta GA, Monrovia, Nancy Writebol, Samaritan’s Purse, SIM, special plane, talks to wife, transported, U.S., walks into hospital
Emory Univerisity Hospital, Atlanta, Ga. –Dr. Kent Brantly, at 5:01 p. m. Sunday, was reported as “improving,” following receiving a dose of experimental serum prior to leaving Liberia on Saturday.His wife Amber added that she was able to see him today Sunday and said he was in “good spirits.
“When Dr.Kent Brantly arrived at Emory University Hospital at Atlanta Saturday he amazed onlookers by walking into the hospital under his own power. His wife Amber in a statement released later Saturday said she thanked God for giving him the strength to make the trip and to walk into the hospital. His wife was also able to talk to the Ebola virus victim through a special isolation glass panel.
The Stricken U.S. doctor landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, Ga., at 11:20 a.m. ET Saturday and went to the special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, a spokesman for Samaritan’s Purse told the Hill ’n Holler Review this morning.
Dr. Brantly was brought in a specially outfitted medical plane that can only carry one patient at a time.
Samaritan’s Purse are expected to return for the second stricken American, SIM missionary Nancy Writebol.early this week.
Asked about Dr. Brantly’s condition, which was last described as “serious,” none was available early Saturday.
In a statement issued later this morning Samaritan’s Purse President Frankin Graham said, “We thank God that they are alive and now have access to the best care in the world. . . . We are extremely thankful for the help we have received from the State Department, the CDC, the National Institute of Health, WHO and, of course, Emory Hospital.”
Addition: Later Saturday afternoon Samaritan’s Purse released a statement from Dr. Brantly’s wife, Amber. She said, “It was a relief to welcome Kent home today. I spoke with him, and he is glad to be back in the U.S. I am thankful to God for his safe transport and for giving him the strength to walk into the hospital. Please continue praying for Kent and Nancy (Writebol), and please continue praying for the people of Liberia and those who continue to serve them there.” Amber and Dr. Brantly’s two children returned to the United States from Liberia before the doctor came into contact with Ebola, according to Samaritan’s Purse.
Dr. Brantly and Writebol recently became symptomatic with the deadly Ebola virus while serving in Liberia, where there is a major outbreak of the virus. Dr. Brantly was caring for Ebola patients at the Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia, when he contacted the disease.
The disease is believed passed by the contact of bodily fluids and is believed carried by fruit bats. The Ebola outbreak started this March and is now found in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.