One American Ebola patient has been reunited with his family and given a clean bill of health after going through three weeks of treatment in Georgia.
There were cheers of joy from the staff at Emory University Hospital as Dr. Kent Brantly left the facility completely free of Ebola.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared last week that he’s been cured of the deadly virus, the Associated Press reports. He was discharged from Emory University Hospital last Thursday, and he’s spending time with his loved ones in an unspecified location.
Upon his release, Richard issued a statement and expressed his overwhelming joy at surviving the virus. “Today is a miraculous I am thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be reunited with my family. As a medical missionary I never imagined myself in this position,” he said.
Working with Samaritan’s Purse, a North Carolina-based missionary group, the doctor and his family had been helping out at a Liberian hospital that began receiving Ebola patients in June. Although hospital workers took the recommended precaution to avoid infection, Kent said that he got the shock of his life around July 23.
“I woke up feeling under the weather, and then my life took an unexpected turn as I was diagnosed with Ebola virus disease,” he recalled. His wife and kids had flown out of Liberia around July 20, which was before he started experiencing symptoms of Ebola, thus avoiding risk of infection from him.
His condition continued to deteriorate and he was eventually evacuated from Liberia on August. 2. Another missionary named Nancy Writebol was flown out three days later. She has also been released from Emory University Hospital after it had been determined that she was cured and that there was no more Ebola in her blood.
Unlike Kent, Nancy has declined to make any public appearances following her clearance. Her husband, David, said in a statement that she was very encouraged to know that people all over the world were praying for her recovery. On his own behalf, he said, “Her departure from the hospital, free of the disease, is powerful testimony to God’s sustaining grace in time of need.”
Now that both Kent and Nancy are out of the hospital, the CDC has assured that they no longer pose a public health risk because the virus is no longer in their blood. They are now able to return to their normal routines as there are no longer any restrictions on the activities they can engage in.
Following the sad news about the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola inside the United States, it is good to hear about two patients that have been able beat the virus. We offer our condolences to Thomas’ family and good health to the survivors.