Dr. Kent Brantly, the American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, could be released from Emory University Hospital “in the near future,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, which sponsored Brantly’s work in West Africa.
In a Facebook post Thursday, Graham said, “Dr. Kent Brantly is doing very well and hopes to be released sometime in the near future. The staff at Emory Healthcare are taking extremely great care of him. Kent and his wife continue to express appreciation for everyone’s prayers.”
Brantly, 33, and Charlotte missionary Nancy Writebol, 59, who also contracted the virus in Liberia, are both being treated in the Atlanta hospital’s special isolation unit, and both received doses of an experimental drug that had never been tested in humans.
On Friday, Brantly issued his own statement:
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“… I am recovering in every way. I thank God for the healthcare team here who is giving me compassionate, world-class care. I am more grateful every day to the Lord for sparing my life and continuing to heal my body. There are still a few hurdles to clear before I can be discharged, but I hold on to the hope of a sweet reunion with my wife, children and family in the near future.
“Thank you for your prayers for Nancy and me. Please continue to pray for and bring attention to those suffering in the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa. Their fight is far from over.”