Franklin Graham, the president of Samaritan's Purse, and Dr. Lance Plyler, a medical doctor with the same organization, both agree that something "miraculous" happened when Dr. Kent Brantly recovered from Ebola.
Brantly, who was serving with Samaritan's Purse in Liberia when he contracted the disease, was brought back to the United States after receiving the near-fatal diagnosis. But Graham told Glenn Beck on Monday that if everything had not happened exactly as it did, Brantly would likely not have survived.
"Glenn, when I hung up the phone [after speaking with Brantly's wife] I just thought to myself, I have no idea what to do," Graham said. "He's in Africa. How am I going to get him out of there? I need to get him back for treatment. How in the world are we going to do this?"
Graham said Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization, has an insurance policy that states that anyone taken ill overseas will be airlifted home. But when the insurance company found out Brantly had Ebola, they denied the request.
"God moves people, he moves individuals," Graham continued. "There were people in the State Department -- I'm not talking about the leadership -- but [there are] people that are in the State Department, career diplomats, workers who knew where the levers were, and [they] made decisions to help Dr. Brantly. And they just did this on their own."
Graham thanks God for more than that. He also believes the pressurization issues the plane had prior to taking off -- which led to a 19-hour delay -- was divine intervention.
"When that plane took off, it had a pressurization problem and had to come back and land," he said. "If Dr. Brantly had gotten on that plane early, he would have died, because he would not have had ZMapp. I think God stopped the airplane, delayed it, until [his team] could put one dose of ZMapp in him."
"God gets the credit," Dr. Plyler agreed.
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