Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol have both been released from Emory University Hospital, after receiving an experimental Ebola treatments. Doctors said the release of the missionaries who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia would pose no threat to the public, as they showed no more signs of the deadly virus.
Bruce Ribner, director of the hospitals Infectious Disease Unit said, "After a rigorous 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.”
Nancy Writebol was released on Tuesday (Aug. 19), followed by the released of Brantly today (Aug. 21).
Writebol’s husband David said that the virus took a toll on Nancy and she is in a “significantly weakened condition.” David and Nancy Writebol are now resting privately in an undisclosed location.
Brantly, a Samaritan’s Purse doctor said, “I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life.”
Ribner said that the "key to surviving Ebola is aggressive supportive care.” Unfortunately, hospitals in western Africa have limited medical resources for such a deadly, contagious virus.
Doctors remain uncertain if the experimental treatments that Brantly and Writebol received are to be credited for their recoveries.
Publication date: August 21, 2014