Doctors say that Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, two American missionaries who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia, have been cured, with Brantly proclaiming that it is a “miraculous day” and giving God credit for saving his life during a press conference held Thursday.
“As a medical missionary, I never imagined myself in this position. When my family and I moved to Liberia last October to begin a two-year term working with Samaritan’s Purse, Ebola was not on the radar,” he said after his release from Emory University Hospital. “We moved to Liberia because God called us to serve the people of Liberia.”
Brantly spoke of feeling ill on July 23 and of languishing in the subsequent days under the power of the painful and life-threatening illness. He became the first human to receive an experimental drug called ZMapp and was later moved to the U.S. along with Writebol for treatment.
“As I lay in my bed in Liberia for the following nine days, getting sicker and weaker each day, I prayed that God would help me to be faithful even in my illness, and I prayed that in my life or in my death, He would be glorified,” the missionary said.
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He thanked the many people around the world who were praying for his recovery and said that he serves a “faithful God who answers prayers.” It was through medical professionals, the experimental drug and faith that Brantly believes he was healed.
“Through the care of the Samaritan’s Purse and SIM missionary team in Liberia, the use of an experimental drug, and the expertise and resources of the health care team at Emory University Hospital, God saved my life — a direct answer to thousands and thousands of prayers,” Brantly added.
The doctor also spoke on behalf of Writebol, who left Emory University Hospital Tuesday but who did not appear at the press conference, noting that she said, “To God be the glory” before heading out of the hospital to spend time with her husband, according to ABC News.
Brantly encouraged people to pray that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa will come to an end and concluded by once again thanking God for healing him.
“Above all, I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life and am glad for any attention my sickness has attracted to the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic,” he said.
Emory University Hospital confirmed that both patients have now been released from the medical center’s Infectious Disease Unit, noting that blood and urine tests indicated that Writebol and Brantly are free of the disease and pose no public health threat.
The hospital said doctors have been inspired by the patients’ “spirit and strength.”
“After a rigorous and successful course of treatment and testing, the Emory Healthcare team has determined that both patients have recovered from the Ebola virus and can return to their families and community without concern for spreading this infection to others,” Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of the Emory University Hospital Communicable Disease Containment Unit, said in the statement.
(H/T: ABC News)