Ebola Outbreak: American Doctor Cured, Released Today from Atlanta Hospital

Dr. Brantly is cured and released after undergoing treatment at an Atlanta hospital. (Photo: Samaritan's Purse)

Dr. Brantly is cured and released after undergoing treatment at an Atlanta hospital. (Photo: Samaritan’s Purse)

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the two American doctors who contracted the Ebola virus while working in the West African country of Liberia and transported back home in serious condition last month has recovered and was released from an Atlanta hospital today. Another American aid worker, Nancy Writebol, was discharged Tuesday.

Alison Geist, spokeswoman of the Samaritan’s Purse, confirmed that he would be released on Thursday. After his release, Brantly would appear at a press conference at Emory University Hospital at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Dr Brantly and Nancy Writebol were brought home to receive treatment for Ebola and the use of expoerimental drugs on them with the UN authorizing it has raised debate in the world over its feasibility but the urgency of treatment clouded the ethics or other objections.

Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, said in a statement: “Today I join all of our Samaritan’s Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly’s recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital.”

“Over the past few weeks I have marveled at Dr. Brantly‚Äôs courageous spirit as he has fought this horrible virus with the help of the highly competent and caring staff at Emory University Hospital. His faithfulness to God and compassion for the people of Africa have been an example to us all.”

Brantly and Writebol have have been kept in an isolation ward after they were infected with the deadly disease while working at a missionary clinic in Liberia. So far, 1,500 people were killed due to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

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