Ebola Update: Samaritan’s Purse Doctor Kent Brantly’s Condition is Improving; SIM Missionary Expected to Be Transported to the U.S. in A few Days
By Boaz Wadel
We praise God for the news that Samaritan's Purse doctor Kent Brantly's condition is improving. We can confirm that Kent was able to receive a dose of the experimental serum prior to leaving Liberia. Please continue to pray for Kent, the people of Liberia, and all those who are serving there in Jesus' Name.
Dr. Brantly, who contracted the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia, is back home in the United States. A medical evacuation plane equipped with a special containment unit arrived at Dobbins Air Force Base in Atlanta Saturday at 11:20 a.m. ET. Dr. Brantly was then transported to Emory University Hospital. Emory has an isolation unit set up in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases.
American Nancy Writebol, a missionary with SIM who also contracted Ebola in Liberia, is expected to arrive in Atlanta within the next few days.
"We thank God that they are alive and now have access to the best care in the world," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. "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."
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.
Dr. Brantly initially turned down the offer of a dose of an experimental serum while still in Liberia on Wednesday.
"An experimental serum arrived in the country, but there was only enough for one person. Dr. Brantly asked that it be given to Nancy Writebol," Graham said. Later, Dr. Brantly was able to receive a dose of the serum as well.