NEW HOPE IN EBOLA CRISIS: U.S. doctor released from hospital - cured
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/21/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Contracting the deadly African virus while he worked to save their lives, Dr. Kent Brantly became one of the handful of people from the United States to contract Ebola. Receiving treatment back in the U.S., Brantly walked out of the hospital to the waiting arms of his family - Ebola-free. His victory means that there is hope in conquering this horrific modern plague.
"Today is a miraculous day," Dr, Kent Brantly said at a news conference. "I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family."
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hugging staff members at Emory University Hospital, Brantly declared "It was like he wanted everyone to know: I'm no longer infectious. The virus is out of my system. Ebola didn't beat me."
Both Brantly and Nancy Writebol, another American missionary infected with Ebola in Liberia, have been discharged from the hospital. Writebol was released earlier this week but has declined to speak to the press.
"Today is a miraculous day," Brantly said at a news conference. "I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family."
Hospital staff are confident that both Brantly and Writebol's discharge pose "no public health threat." Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory's Infectious Disease Unit says the reason the public was not made aware of Writebol's release immediately was that she requested her discharge not be publicly announced.
"Nancy is free of the virus, but the lingering effects of the battle have left her in a significantly weakened condition," her husband, David Writebol, said in a statement. "Thus, we decided it would be best to leave the hospital privately to be able to give her the rest and recuperation she needs at this time."
Both Brantly and Writebol were evacuated from Liberia earlier this month, in a plane specially equipped with an isolation tent, and accompanied by medical staff outfitted in head-to-foot protective clothing.
As a result, the plane was able to take only one patient at a time and made two trips. The patients were taken to an isolation unit at Emory, where they'd been treated for the last few weeks.
As she walked out of her isolation room Tuesday, Brantly recalls Writebol saying, "To God be the glory."
"We are tremendously pleased with Dr. Brantly and Mrs. Writebol's recovery," Ribner said at the news conference. "What we learned in caring for them will help advance the world's understanding of how to treat Ebola infections and help, hopefully, to improve survival" in other parts of the world.
"There may be some recovery time because this is a fairly devastating disease," but in general, Ebola patients who survive without organ damage are expected to "make a complete recovery," he said.
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