There was an NBC News Special Report with Matt Lauer on Thursday notifying the public about the release of American Ebola patients Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Brantly worked with the Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia treating patients with the deadly virus when he got sick. He and Nancy Writebol, an aid worker who also contracted Ebola while doing missionary aid work in Liberia, received experimental treatment before being flown to an isolation unit in Emory University Hospital in Atlanta in early Aug.
Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit, said that the pair had gone through a rigorous course of treatment and testing and the Emory Healthcare team has determined that both patients have recovered completely from the Ebola virus and can return to their families and community without concern for spreading this infection to others.
Officials reassured the public that there shouldn't be any concern with the release of the two patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rules that the Dr. Brantly and Writebol no longer have Ebola virus in their blood and therefore pose no risk to anyone. There are no restrictions on their daily activities. They can resume their lives to do what they want without fear of still having the deadly virus that made them so sick three weeks ago.
Dr. Brantly, 33, shared a strong and emotional speech during the news conference. Writebol, 59, was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday and was not at the news conference. Dr. Brantly spoke on her behalf saying that she wanted to be with her family whom she has been away from for about a month. Writebol's remarks presented by Dr. Brantly were similar to his own where they both thanked God for their healing and for the excellent job the hospital staff provided. Brantly said that when Writebol walked out of the hospital on Tuesday, all she could say was "To God be the glory."
Dr. Brantly's speech was saturated with praises and glory to God for saving his life. He said, "God saved my life. Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive to be well and to be reunited with my family." In his speech, Dr. Brantly asked that people continue to pray for and bring attention to those suffering in the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa. More than 1,300 people have died from the disease in the region, according to the World Health Organization, which has declared the Ebola epidemic a global health emergency.