By Erin McClam
Weak but improving, the second American Ebola patient to arrive on U.S. soil was wheeled into an Atlanta hospital Tuesday by workers in biohazard suits and taken to an isolation unit for treatment.
Nancy Writebol, one of two aid workers who contracted the deadly virus in Liberia, was flown from Africa overnight in a specially equipped plane and driven by ambulance to Emory University Hospital.
“We’re grateful to everyone who was joined us in praying for this moment,” her son Jeremy said in a statement.
At Emory, Writebol joins Dr. Kent Brantly, who arrived at the hospital on Saturday. Brantly, 33, was strong enough to walk into the hospital. Writebol, 59, was taken in by stretcher, her head slightly elevated.
Her husband said from Liberia that she was “very weak” but getting better, and felt well enough before leaving the country to eat yogurt, according to an account given by Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA, the Christian missionary organization that Writebol works with.