Ebola Outbreak: Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol Still in Serious Condition; Medical Evacuations could be Complete Early in the Week
By Samaritan's Purse On August 1, 2014
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(Editor: News updated around EST 11 A.M.)
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Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol remain in serious condition in Liberia as medical evacuation efforts are underway to bring the two Americans stricken with the Ebola virus out of the country for treatment.
"We are grateful that Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol made it through the night," Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham said. "They remain in serious condition. The medical evacuations could be complete early in the week."
On Thursday, Dr. Brantly received a remarkable gift from a patient he had helped to save.
"Dr. Brantly received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy who had survived Ebola because of Dr. Brantly's care," Graham said. "The young boy and his family wanted to be able to help the doctor that saved his life."
The safety of our staff is a top priority and Samaritan's Purse is currently working to evacuate all but the most essential personnel to their home countries.
"The evacuation of our staff is underway and will be complete this weekend," Graham said.
The exact timeline and destinations are being kept confidential to respect their privacy. Samaritan's Purse is taking precautions that exceed the standards recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
None of the evacuating staff are ill and the World Health Organization and CDC continue to reiterate that people are not contagious unless they begin showing symptoms. Following their evacuation, Samaritan's Purse will work with staff to monitor their health.
Please continue to pray for Kent and Nancy and all those who are affected by Ebola, and the tremendous group of doctors and nurses who are caring for them.
Dr. Brantly, a family practice physician, was serving in Liberia through our post-residency program before joining the medical team responding to the Ebola crisis. His wife and two children had been living with him in Liberia but flew home to the U.S. before he started showing any signs of illness.
Last week, Dr. Brantly recognized that he had symptoms associated with Ebola, and immediately isolated himself.
Writebol works with SIM, which manages ELWA Hospital. SIM and Samaritan's Purse have been working closely to combat Ebola since the current outbreak began in Liberia in March. She had been working as a hygienist who decontaminated those entering and leaving the isolation ward of the Case Management Center at the hospital. She is married with two children.
"Their heroic and sacrificial service-along with the entire team there-is a shining example of Christ's love in this crisis situation," Graham said.
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