Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dr Kent Brantly Releases Statement On Surviving Ebola, Asks For Prayers

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Dr. Kent Brantly is one of the two US aid workers who contracted the Ebola virus while helping out with the Samaritan's Purse charity in Liberia. Speaking for the first time since the announcement that he tested positive, the doctor has released a statement from his isolation room.

Dr. Kent Brantly and Nacy Writebol are being treated at Emory University in Atlanta after they were given the new experimental drug ZMapp in Liberia and then flown home to America last week. He writes;

“I am writing this update from my isolation room at Emory University Hospital, where the doctors and nurses are providing the very best care possible. I am growing stronger every day, and I thank God for His mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease. I also want to extend my deep and sincere thanks to all of you who have been praying for my recovery as well as for Nancy and for the people of Liberia and West Africa.

“My wife Amber and I, along with our two children, did not move to Liberia for the specific purpose of fighting Ebola. We went to Liberia because we believe God called us to serve Him at ELWA Hospital."

 “One thing I have learned is that following God often leads us to unexpected places. When Ebola spread into Liberia, my usual hospital work turned more and more toward treating the increasing number of Ebola patients. I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror first-hand, and I can still remember every face and name.

“When I started feeling ill on that Wednesday morning, I immediately isolated myself until the test confirmed my diagnosis three days later. When the result was positive, I remember a deep sense of peace that was beyond all understanding. God was reminding me of what He had taught me years ago, that He will give me everything I need to be faithful to Him.

“Now it is two weeks later, and I am in a totally different setting. My focus, however, remains the same - to follow God. As you continue to pray for Nancy and me, yes, please pray for our recovery. More importantly, pray that we would be faithful to God’s call on our lives in these new circumstances.”


  1. I'm always in awe of people who leave their comfortable lives to go and serve God in places like rural Africa.I wish I was less selfish.God heal them

  2. I'm praying for them.

  3. This is such a beautiful and inspiring letter. I pray to God for his healing and everyone else suffering from ebola.


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