ATLANTA, GA — It’s a miracle! The Fort Worth doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia is disease-free and has been released from the hospital.
Dr. Kent Brantly walked around the room at Emory University Hospital on Thursday, hugging staff members and shaking hands.
It’s like he wanted everyone to know: I’m no longer infectious. The virus is out of my system. Ebola didn’t beat me.
“Today is a miraculous day,” Brantly said at a news conference Thursday. “I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.”
Nancy Writebol, the other American missionary infected with Ebola in Liberia, was released Tuesday and is choosing not to make public comments, according to the hospital.
Emory’s staff is confident they pose “no public health threat,” said Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit.
He said the reason the public was not made aware of Writebol’s release immediately was that she requested her discharge not be publicly announced.
For Ebola patients to leave isolation, Ribner said, two blood tests done in a two-day period must come back negative.
Brantly and Writebol were both given an experimental serum before being evacuated from Liberia last month, in a plane specially equipped with an isolation tent. Both were taken to an isolation unit at Emory, where they’d been treated for the last few weeks.