Mission Ebola: Nancy Writebol Shares Story of Survival in Dallas

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DALLAS — Ebola.  It’s the deadly virus that killed thousands in Africa, and the virus that came way too close to home last summer. Now, one of the handful of Americans who beat the disease was front and center Thursday, sharing her story at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Aid Worker Nancy Writebol and her husband of 40 years, David, recall the moment when they heard the devastating news.

“Nancy, I have some hard things to tell you. Kent [Brantly] has contracted Ebola,” David said in front of dozens of students and faculty.  “And then I had to look at her and say, Nancy, you do too.”

“When David told me, he reached out to comfort me, and I said, David, don’t,” Nancy recalled.  “I knew how serious this was, and yet, the Lord gave us this amazing peace.”

Writebol was working in Ebola-ridden Liberia when she contracted the virus.

“They just kept saying, Nancy I’m so sorry.  I didn’t know if I was going to live or if I was going to die.”

“I had to call our sons in the U.S. and tell them, your mother has Ebola,” David explained.  "But with God’s help, we’re going to make it through.”

And they did. Now, they’re not letting Ebola keep them away from Liberia.

“We’re looking forward to going back,” Nancy smiled.

They’re going to help at an Ebola Survivor’s Clinic and continue their work with international organization SIM.

“Dallas Theological Seminary and others are working to establish a graduate school of theology for Liberian pastors,” David mentioned.

As far as her cure, Nancy takes no credit.

“I really believe that God saved me. But I believe that God uses means. God used the experimental drug and the care in Liberia, and the amazing supportive care at Emory.”