Ebola Survivor Dr. Kent Brantly's Story to Air on Discovery Channel

By Jocelyn Hu

"Saving Dr. Brantly-The Inside Story of a Medical Miracle" will re-air on Discovery Channel at 8 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Dr. Kent Brantly's miraculous testimony of recovering from the Ebola virus, which first aired on an NBC News primetime special on Sept. 5, will be shown on Discovery Channel at 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

Dr. Brantly was working with Samaritan's Purse in Liberia, caring for Ebola victims, when he contracted the deadly virus. No one knew if he would live to tell the tale.

By God's grace and with the help of the talented medical team at Emory University Hospital, Dr. Brantly is healed and in recovery from the virus that claims up to 90 percent of its victims.

Dr. Brantly and his wife, Amber, first shared their powerful story of faith and healingduring an NBC News special, "Saving Dr. Brantly-The Inside Story of a Medical Miracle".That program will be shown on Discovery Channel on Thursday.

REMEMBER GOD'S GOODNESS: Kent Brantly thanked Samaritan's Purse staff members in person for their prayers at a time of praise and thanksgiving.

TIME magazine also published a first-person account of his recovery called, "This is What it Feels Like to Survive Ebola."

Dr. Brantly was working at ELWA Hospital in Liberia through World Medical Mission's Post-Residency program before the Ebola outbreak earlier this year. World Medical Mission is the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse. He wanted to serve overseas because of a strong call from God on his life for medical missions. When the deadly virus hit, he didn't want to run away from the issue.

A MIRACULOUS DAY: Dr. Kent Brantly credits God for his recovery on the day he is released from Emory University Hospital.

"Africa is a place of great medical need," he said. "Liberia, in particular, has a health care system that was severely damaged during the long history of war and civil conflict."

When the Samaritan's Purse team heard of the first reported cases of Ebola in Monrovia, they decided to prep themselves and the facility in case of an outbreak. As the virus rapidly spread, their initial preparation efforts ended up being a vital component in saving lives.

"Many clinics and hospitals around Liberia are truly unable to treat patients with Ebola because they don't have any means to protect themselves," Dr. Brantly said when the Samaritan's Purse team first joined the battle against the virus. "They run out of gloves, they don't have barrier gowns, [and] they may not even always have running water. But at ELWA Hospital, we have had the support and resources of Samaritan's Purse, that allowed us to set up a functioning isolation unit with all of the personal protective equipment needed to care for patients with this highly contagious, deadly disease."

When Dr. Brantly first started feeling under the weather and displayed the early symptoms with a fever of 100 degrees, he immediately isolated himself. Though he tested negative for Ebola twice, he waited to ensure the safety of those around him. The third test came back positive.

At times, he felt like he would die as the virus ravaged his body. But he still maintained his faith and prayed God would be glorified through his life or his death.

"It is a frightening thing to know you are encountering the most deadly virus known to man," he said. "I have been called by God to serve Him with the gifts, skills and talents He has given me. And He called me to serve Him in places where the need is great and others may not be willing to go. I am confident in this calling, and, therefore, I can be confident in my current circumstances."

Please continue praying for those affected by this deadly virus, which continues to spread throughout much of west Africa.

 

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