(CNN) — Former Ebola patient Amber Vinson said Tuesday she is “grateful to be well.” Vinson, speaking at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, which is discharging her, thanked God for giving her the hope and strength to fight, and also thanked former Ebola patients Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol for their donations of plasma to her and other patients.
Vinson asked the public to not lose focus on the thousands of families who are dealing with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Vinson spoke at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, which treated her and is discharging her Tuesday.
Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital has learned “a great deal” by treating four Ebola patients this year, the hospital’s Dr. Bruce Ribner said. All four survived, the latest being Amber Vinson, who is being discharged Tuesday. The hospital has learned things about fluid management and electrolyte management, and that physicians can aggressively and successfully treat even Ebola patients who get to the point of needing dialysis, he said. The lessons are being fed to colleagues in West Africa and the United States, Ribner said.