Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse, right, gives orders for medication to administer to the Ebola patients through the doorway of the isolation unit in Liberia. Dr. Brantly spent almost four hours in a Tyvek suit in order to care for the three patients in the unit.

Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse, right, gives orders for medication to administer to the Ebola patients through the doorway of the isolation unit in Liberia. Dr. Brantly spent almost four hours in a Tyvek suit in order to care for the three patients in the unit.Photo courtesy Samaritan's Purse

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(RNS) An American doctor treated for Ebola, Kent Brantly, was discharged from Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital Thursday (Aug. 21). Another American aid worker, Nancy Writebol, was discharged Tuesday (Aug. 19).

“God saved my life,” said Brantly, looking gaunt, at a press conference Thursday, at which the room applauded his appearance. He thanked his medical team and the millions of people around the world praying for his recovery. “Please do not stop praying for the people of West Africa.”

Bruce Ribner, medical director of the hospital’s infectious disease unit, said Brantly will go to an undisclosed location with his wife and children after the press conference.

Brantly and Writebol, a volunteer with SIM USA, were flown to Emory from West Africa in early August and were treated in the hospital’s specialized unit.

Ribner said the hospital performed extensive blood and urine tests on both patients and consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before deciding the two missionaries were ready to be released. Neither poses any risk to the public, he said. Five doctors and 21 nurses cared for Brantly and Writebol during their stay.

American worker Nancy Writebol, was discharged Tuesday (Aug. 19) after being treated for Ebola. Photo couresy of SIM

American worker Nancy Writebol, was discharged Tuesday (Aug. 19) after being treated for Ebola. Photo couresy of SIM

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In his statement, Brantly said his family arrived in Liberia last November and he saw his first Ebola patient in June. “We took every precaution to protect ourselves from this dreaded disease,” Brantly said.

On July 23, just a few days after sending his family home, however, Brantly said he woke up feeling sick, and soon learned that he was infected.

Writebol chose not to make a statement. However, Brantly related that, as she left her isolation unit, she said, “To God be the glory.”

Ribner said he hopes what he and his colleagues learned about treating Ebola can help save other patients in Africa.

While in Liberia, Brantly received a blood transfusion from an Ebola survivor.

Both Brantly and Writebol received doses of an experimental drug, called Zmapp, which includes man-made antibodies against Ebola. Although Zmapp has shown promise in animals, it has not yet been tested in humans. Experts have said it’s not possible to conclude that Zmapp cured their disease, although getting good supportive care at Emory, one of the world’s best hospitals, likely improved their chances of survival.

“If the question is, ‘Did Zmapp do this?’ The answer is that we just don’t know,” says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. “People who are in much less sophisticated medical care conditions in West Africa are recovering 50 percent of the time.”

Without a carefully designed trial — involving a comparison group that doesn’t receive the drug — doctors can’t make conclusions about how a treatment works. About half of Ebola patients in the current outbreak are surviving without the experimental drug. But a Spanish priest who received Zmapp died, Fauci says.

Three Liberian health workers also received Zmapp. The drug’s manufacturer, Mapp Biopharmaceutical of San Diego, has said there is no more of the drug left.

According to CNN, two blood tests done over a two-day period had to come back negative for Ebola before Brantly could be discharged. David Writebol, Nancy’s husband, was released from quarantine earlier this week. Doctors had observed him for three weeks, monitoring him for signs of fever. Ebola can have an incubation period of up to 21 days.

People generally aren’t considered contagious unless they have symptoms of Ebola, such as fever.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has sent at least 50 staff to West Africa to help contain the epidemic.

“We must re-commit to doing all we can to increase their chances of survival and to stop the spread of Ebola,” said CDC director Thomas Frieden in a statement. “This outbreak is unprecedented, and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. We must respond in unprecedented way to stop the outbreak as soon as possible.”

In concluding his statement, Brantly said he is “glad for any attention my sickness has attracted to the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic. Please continue to pray for Liberia and the people of West Africa, and encourage those in positions of leadership and influence to do everything possible to bring this Ebola outbreak to an end.

Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian humanitarian organization for which Brantly works, released this statement from its president, Franklin Graham, Thursday (Aug. 21):

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’s 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.

I know that Dr. Brantly and his wonderful family would ask that you please remember and pray for those in Africa battling, treating and suffering from Ebola. Those who have given up the comforts of home to serve the suffering and the less fortunate are in many ways just beginning this battle.

We have more than 350 staff in Liberia, and others will soon be joining them, so please pray for those who have served with Dr. Brantly — along with the other doctors, aid workers and organizations that are at this very moment desperately trying to stop Ebola from taking any more lives.



    • Geraldine,

      Yes, praise Jah (the shortened name of Jehovah, the name of the only true God; Psalms 83:18, King James Version), the meaning behind the word, hallelujah!!!

      What is even more exciting is the fact that Jehovah’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44) of which his son, Christ Jesus, is King, will soon put an end to all human suffering and distress, including ALL sickness and disease, old age and death!! (Revelation 21:1-4) as well as all wicked ones (Psalm 37:10,11).

      What wonderful blessings we humans have to look forward to from God, including the end of p-a-i-n during the upcoming 1,000-yr. rule by his son, Jesus after the end of the great tribulation (Mark 13:19,20) and Armageddon, God’s victory over all his enemies (Revelation 16:14-16)!!!! 😀 😀 😀

      • You won’t get an amen from one who has known answered prayers of such amazing magnitude in a lifetime of 70 plus years. He hears and answers: He also meets us where we are. He loves us and knows we often require physical helps that are seen, felt, touched, in other words material, through and by the senses. Could we live without real food? I suppose we could and it has happened for extended lengths of time, by special and miraculous means, but instread he tells us to pray for our daily bread… and work for it if we can. Prayer teaches us we need him. He is the bread of life. The life we have on this earth is temporary, transient. It has a beginning and it has an end. What he has to give is everlasting like a river gushing out of our inner being. He, Jesus, is the source of that kind of life. The Father has given all things into his hands. He says to ask, seek, knock. That is prayer.

    • Larry,

      No, we can rightfully give the blame to man’s sicknesses and diseases, as well as the imperfection and sin we inherited from our first parents, Adam and Eve.

      As Job 34:10 brings out, “It is unthinkable for the true God to act wickedly, for the Almighty to do wrong!”

      Also, James 1:13 says: “When under trial, let no one say, “I am being tried
      by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone.”

      Fortunately for us humans, God’s kingdom or heavenly government will soon put an end to ALL sickness and disease, even old age and death (Revelation 21:1-4) during the 1,000-year rule of his son and King, Jesus! 😀

        • Larry,

          ALL of mankind are sinful and imperfect, whether they are babies, children, teenagers, adults, elderly ones, males or females. I think I covered ALL the bases. We all inherited those terrible traits (sin and imperfection) like I inherited brown eyes from my mom and dad.

          If we were all perfect as Adam and Eve were, BEFORE they sinned against God, they would still be alive and there would not have been any sickness, disease, old age and death. The earth would have comfortably been filled with humans enjoying life and their fellowman to the full for eternity. So blame our first parents.

          Because of the ransom sacrifice of God’s son, Jesus, who died as a perfect man, we will acquire the perfection that was lost through Adam and Eve’s sin by means of that sacrifice. God and his son made a way out of our imperfect state… That is how much they love us, even in our present sinful state! Otherwise, we would just continue to grow old and die until the end of time!!

          Don’t YOU want to live forever on a paradise earth with peace and security, joy, happiness, love and kindness? I want THAT life!! 😀

          If you don’t, hey, enjoy this world for ALL that it gives you (civil unrest, war, hate, immorality, violence, corrupt governments, doctors and lawyers, just to name a few) for as long as it lasts!

          • Fran,

            “Don’t YOU want to live forever on a paradise earth with peace and security, joy, happiness, love and kindness? I want THAT life!!”

            Why not wish for an afterlife of ice cream and endless sexual orgasms?
            If wishes come true why stop at spending your eternity with the MONSTER Yawheh and his hit man, Jesus?

            Wishful thinking is what made Mohammed Atta fly a plane into a building – you may have heard of 9/11.

            He has 72 Virgins right now! (And 72 mother’s in law) :-)

  1. “as she left her isolation unit, she said, “To God be the glory.” ”

    Glad she’s alive but this is Profoundly immoral.

    1. By her logic, ATHEIST MAX is among the MOST blessed – for I never got sick by Ebola at all! Praise God!

    2. Thanking ‘god’ for surviving Ebola is like writing a love letter to a serial killer who spares you while killing many others!

    3. By her logic GOD SPARED HER because she was special – she had special graces handed to her by god himself! She has declared herself worthy – and especially blessed – as others were slaughtered apparently for their faults.
    How immoral and disgusting is this?

    4. By her logic, God rewarded her for getting MEDICINE AND PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT instead of relying solely on prayers and God’s will – a huge loophole of incoherence!

    The incoherence and depravity of this philosophy of life
    is on full display in this silly woman who survived Ebola.

    “God bless?”
    NONSENSE! Shame on the suckers who buy this garbage.

  2. Clash,

    The REAL MONSTER in the universe is Satan the Devil, who brought this mess upon mankind to begin with. He challenged Yahweh’s right to rule over mankind and Satan is the “god” of this wicked world (2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:9). Satan knows his time left to deceive more humans, guaranteeing their death, is short (Revelation 12:10). It’s obvious he is working “overtime” these days!

    Mohammed Atta was evidently a follower of Satan, as are all the wicked ones on earth, including terrorists, which are greatly increasing! Atta is still dead, not enjoying any benefits.

    I will continue to love and defend the only true God, Yahweh, and his son, Jesus; while you will probably continue to do the same for your god, Satan.

    Yahweh and Jesus will be vindicated and Yahweh’s name will be sanctified; while Satan and his demons, and all their followers will meet their eternal destruction (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10) at Yahweh’s hand, the victor against ALL evil! 😀 😀 😀

  3. Bidemi Olusola.

    Thank God for His Divine Favour Dr Kent Brantly! God used a young boy that you helped to bless your life, God Divinely arranged your wife and your children out of Liberia when the worse was about to happen to you. What if the four of you have been infected with the deadly virus? God granted you favour in the sight of Emory Univesity Hospital Medical Experts, God did not allow the experimental drugs to devastate your life and it will not, and above all, God used you to unite together members of the body of Christ all over the world and strenghens their faith the more. I pray that God Almighty will use you and Nancy Writebol as a point of contact to safe the life of all other missionaries out there,to heal and find solution to the spread of that dreadful disease. You may not be a ‘hero’ as some people say but you are a hope of glory because Jesus Christ dwells in you. Remain healthy.

  4. To Fran: “The REAL MONSTER in the universe is Satan the Devil”… remember Scripture says God created Lucifer. With that said… Lucifer chose separation from God. Scripture also states that Eve then Adam chose Lucifer’s deception over the truth of God… thus separation. Who brought this mess upon Mankind? Mommy and Daddy! Never was the excuse, “the devil made me do it” even remotely valid. God still respects the free decision process to evil or good… maybe the mirror will reveal a lesser monster… just a thought!

    • Art,

      Just for clarification, the one who became Satan was, when created by Yahweh, a perfect, righteous creature of God and he is a spirit person because he appeared in the heaven in the presence of God (Job, chapters 1 and 2; Revelation 12:9). God would never create something or someone that was wicked or evil, since all his ways are perfect. The name Satan had before this is not given; however, he was given the name Satan, because he became an ADVERSARY to God (what the word “Satan” means), not just “separated from God”.

      Jesus said of Satan: “That one was a manslayer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him.” (1 John 3:8; Job 8:44). Beginning with his frst overt act of turning Adam and Eve away from God, he was a manslayer, bringing about the death of Adam and Eve, which brought sin and death to their offspring (Romans 5:12). That perfect spirit creature thus deviated into sin himself and degradation. In reality, he sinned against Yahweh before Adam and Eve did.

      By using a serpent to speak to Eve, the Bible gives Satan the title ‘serpent’, which came to signify ‘deceiver'; he also became the Tempter of God’s son, Jesus, and a liar, and “the father of the lie.” (John 8:44; Revelation 12:9).

      In reality, Satan, when he approached Eve, challenged the rightfulness and righteousness of Yahweh’s sovereignty. He hinted that God was unrightfully witholding something from the woman, declared that God was a liar by saying she would die if she ate the forbidden fruit, and made her feel that she would be free and independent of God, becoming like God. Satan raised himself up higher than God in Eve’s eyes, and Satan became her god, even tho she did not know the identity of the serpent. By his action, Satan brought Adam an Eve under his leadership and control, standing up as a rival god to Yahweh in opposition to him (Genesis 3:1-7). So much more was involved than ‘separating from God.’

      Satan also appeared as a rival god right in heaven before Yahweh, saying that he could turn God’s servant, Job, away from him. Satan charged God with unrighteously giving Job everything, along with full protection, so that he, Satan, could not test Job and show what was really in his heart, which Satan intimated was bad. He implied that Job served God primarily for selfish reasons. Satan made this point of his argument clear when he said, “Skin in behalf of skin, and everything that a man has he will give in behalf of his soul. For a change, thrust out you hand, please, and touch as far as his bone and flesh and see whether he will not curse you to your very face.” (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7).

      In Job’s case, Yahweh allowed Satan to bring calamity upon Job by not interfering when Satan brought a raid as well as destruction of flocks and shepherds. Satan also brought a raid of 3 bands of Chaldeans, as well as a windstorm. These things caused the death of all of Job’s children and destroyed his property. Finally, Satan inflicted a loathsome disease upon Job himself (Job 1:13-19; 2:7,8). Job’s wife even suggested to him that he curse God and die (Job 2:9), which he did not do, and he proved faithful to Yahweh and proved Satan to be a liar. In addition, Yahweh blessed the end of Job afterward more than his beginning with family and the animals he has lost before (sheep, camels, cattle and asses). (Job 42:12).

      ALL of these things reveal the might and power of the spirit creature, Satan, as well as his VICIOUS, MURDEROUS attitude! It is important to note, though, that Satan reocgnized his impotence in the face of God’s express command, because he did not challenge Yahweh’s power and authority when God restricted him from taking Job’s life (Job 2:6).

      True Christians today want to prove faithful to Yahweh and prove Satan a liar. The apostle Peter gives us this sound counsel today: “Keep your senses, be watchful. Your ADVERSARY, the Devil, walks about like a roaring LION, seeking to DEVOUR someone. But take your stand against him, solid in the faith….” (1 Peter 5:8,9). Again, we can see his VICIOUS personality!

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