Ebola victims Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are American missionaries who were in Africa caring for people with the Ebola virus. It is hard work in difficult conditions — and dangerous, too. Both have contracted the Ebola virus and are now seriously ill. At least one of them is on the way to receive treatment in the U.S.
Brantley was working as medical director for the Samaritan Purse’s Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia. Writebol was working with another relief group called SIM, which has been cooperating with Samaritan’s Purse to combat Ebola.
Samaritan’s Purse has released the following statement:
Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol remain in serious condition in Liberia as medical evacuation efforts are underway to bring the two Americans stricken with the Ebola virus out of the country for treatment.
“We are grateful that Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol made it through the night,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said. “They remain in serious condition. The medical evacuations could be complete early in the week.”
On Thursday, Dr. Brantly received a remarkable gift from a patient he had helped to save.
“Dr. Brantly received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy who had survived Ebola because of Dr. Brantly’s care,” Graham said. “The young boy and his family wanted to be able to help the doctor that saved his life.”
The safety of our staff is a top priority and Samaritan’s Purse is currently working to evacuate all but the most essential personnel to their home countries.
“The evacuation of our staff is underway and will be complete this weekend,” Graham said.
The exact timeline and destinations are being kept confidential to respect their privacy. Samaritan’s Purse is taking precautions that exceed the standards recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
None of the evacuating staff are ill and the World Health Organization and CDC continue to reiterate that people are not contagious unless they begin showing symptoms. Following their evacuation, Samaritan’s Purse will work with staff to monitor their health.
Please continue to pray for Kent and Nancy and all those who are affected by Ebola, and the tremendous group of doctors and nurses who are caring for them.
Actress and Fox News contributor Stacey Dash is urging her Twitter followers to support Samaritan’s Purse in honor of Brantley and Writebol.
She’s calling on celebs to spread the word:
It’s a worthy cause, and we’re happy to help. Donations can be made online here.