By Stefan J. Bos
MONROVIA/ATLANTA — American Christian doctor Kent Brantly, who contracted the potentially deadly Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia, has arrived in the United States where he was put in isolation for further treatment, his charity Samaritan’s Purse confirmed.
American missionary Nancy Writebol, who caught Ebola when serving on a joint team with the doctor, returns to the U.S. “in the next few days” in the same aircraft that carried Dr. Brantly on Saturday, August 2, added her mission group Serving in Mission (SIM).
The medical evacuation plane, equipped with a containment unit, already flew Dr. Brantly to Dobbins Air Force Base in Atlanta from where he was transported to Emory University Hospital, officials said.
Emory has an isolation unit set up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases.
“We thank God that [Dr Brantly and missionary Writebol] are alive and now have access to the best care in the world,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse.