By Ben Brumfield and Jacque Wilson
(CNN) — Both Americans who were treated for the Ebola virus have been discharged from the hospital.
“Today is a miraculous day,” Dr. Kent Brantly said at a news conference in Atlanta with staff of Emory University Hospital. “I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.” The hospital announced he was being discharged Thursday.
The other patient, Nancy Writebol, was released Tuesday, and is choosing not to make public comments, the hospital said.
“We are tremendously pleased with Dr. Brantly and Mrs. Writebol’s recovery,” said Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit.
They pose no public health risk, Ribner said.
“What we learned in caring for them will help advance the world’s understanding of how to treat Ebola infections and help, hopefully, to improve survival” in other parts of the world, Ribner said at a news conference.