Dr. Kent Brantly, the Samaritan’s Purse doctor who contracted Ebola while caring for patients in Liberia, was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after completing his recovery from the deadly virus.
Dr. Kent Brantly ran out of the isolation area giving high fives to his treatment team who had lined the halls. Dr. Kent Brantly credits God for his recovery from the Ebola virus as he is released from Emory University Hospital:
“Today is a miraculous day,” Dr. Brantly said at a news conference at the hospital. “I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family. … Above all, I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life and am glad for any attention my sickness has attracted for the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic.”
Dr. Brantly survived the virus that typically causes massive internal bleeding and has a mortality rate of 60 to 90 percent in most situations. The current outbreak of Ebola has claimed more than 1,350 lives in the west African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Dr. Brantly was serving with Samaritan’s Purse when he contracted Ebola while working to contain the outbreak in Liberia. The doctor who entered an isolation ward day after day to care for his patients now was placed in one of his own.
Earlier this month, he was transported to Atlanta in a medical evacuation plane equipped with a special containment unit. He was taken to Emory University Hospital, where he was treated at a special unit set up in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to care for patients exposed to certain serious infectious diseases.
Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit, said that Dr. Brantly poses “no public health threat.”
“We have determined that he has recovered and he can return to his family community and life without concerns,” Dr. Ribner said.
Source: Samaritan’s Purse, USA