Brantly diagnoses himself with Ebola virus while working with Ebola patients in Liberia. Brantly has body aches, pains and fever but is in a stable condition, says Ken Isaacs of North Carolina Samaritan’s Purse:
[The doctor] is not out of the woods yet, but we remain optimistic that he will survive.
The disease has killed at least 672 people in four West African countries since the outbreak began earlier this year in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Brantly and Writebol, a missionary, will fly back to US, as the Ebola outbreak is spreading too quickly. They will be flown on a jet which fitted with a tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases.
Brantly, one of the American victims of the Ebola Virus, is now receiving treatment at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Brantly is the first ever patient to receive treatment for Ebola in the United States. Every precaution being taken in the care of the doctor who remains in isolation. His wife, Amber:
It was a relief to welcome Kent home today. I spoke with him, and he is glad to be back in the U.S. I am thankful to God for his safe transport and for giving him the strength to walk into the hospital.
Brantly and Writebol are given ZMapp at the hospital in Liberia where they are being treated. After special permission is granted for the use of the untested medicine, the serum is sent from the U.S. stored at subzero temperatures, and must be allowed to thaw naturally for eight to 10 hours. They agree that Writebol will be given the first dose as Brantly is younger and expects to have a better chance of survival. However his condition worsens and he is intravenously administered Writebol’s thawed dose, after telling doctors that he thinks he is dying. Within an hour, his breathing eases and the red rash over his torso fades. Writebol is then given the medicine and requires a second dose, but also recovers.
Brantly is released from Hospital. He releases a statement (full text):
Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family. As a medical missionary, I never imagined myself in this position. When my family and I moved to Liberia last October to begin a two-year term working with Samaritan’s Purse, Ebola was not on the radar. We moved to Liberia because God called us to serve the people of Liberia.
After taking Amber and our children to the airport to return to the States on Sunday morning, July 20, I poured myself into my work even more than before—transferring patients to our new, bigger isolation unit; training and orienting new staff; and working with our Human Resources officer to fill our staffing needs. Three days later, on Wednesday, July 23, I woke up feeling under the weather, and then my life took an unexpected turn as I was diagnosed with Ebola Virus Disease. As I lay in my bed in Liberia for the following nine days, getting sicker and weaker each day, I prayed that God would help me to be faithful even in my illness, and I prayed that in my life or in my death, He would be glorified.
I did not know then, but I have learned since, that there were thousands, maybe even millions of people around the world praying for me throughout that week, and even still today. I cannot thank you enough for your prayers and your support. But what I can tell you is that I serve a faithful God who answers prayers.
Thank you to Emory University Hospital and especially to the medical staff in the isolation unit. You treated me with such expertise, yet with such tenderness and compassion. For the last three weeks you have been my friends and my family. And so many of you ministered to me not only physically, but also spiritually, which has been an important part of my recovery. I will never forget you and all that you have done for me. And thank you to my family, my friends, my church family and to all who lifted me up in prayer, asking for my healing and recovery. Please do not stop praying for the people of Liberia and West Africa, and for a quick end to this Ebola epidemic.
Brantly is interviewed by Lauer for NBC Nightly News.
That morning. I just felt a little off. A little warm. A little under the weather. And I took my temperature and it was 100.0 I think.
I don’t think they ever said, ‘Ken I think you are about to die’. but I felt like I was about to die.
Brantly, 33, donates two vials of blood plasma to 51-year-old Sacra. Nebraska Medical Center biocontainment unit director Dr. Phil Smith:
We’re hoping to jump start his immunity
Brantly donates plasma to Pham, the third patient who has been given his blood in the hope that antibodies he developed in his recovery from the virus can cure others. Brantly is believed to have traveled to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to make the donation on Sunday night.