Secret Serum Likely Saved Fort Worth Ebola Doctor

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UPDATE: Plane transporting second Ebola victim has taken off from Liberia headed to Emory Hospital in Atlanta. Nancy Writebol is expected to arrive back in the U.S. Tuesday afternoon.


ATLANTA — A top-secret serum, never used on humans, may have “miraculously’ saved the life of the Fort Worth doctor who contracted Ebola.

We’re getting extraordinary details about the last-ditch effort to save Dr. Kent Brantly and another American missionary worker.

According to a CNN report, three experimental vials known as ZMapp, stored at subzero temps, were flown to Liberia last week.

Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol were told the treatment had never been tried before in a human being but had shown promise in small experiments with monkeys.

They took their chances.

Within an hour of receiving the medication, Brantly’s condition dramatically improved. He began breathing easier; the rash over his trunk faded away. One of his doctors described the events as “miraculous.”

By the next morning, Brantly was able to take a shower on his own before getting on a specially designed Gulfstream air ambulance jet to be evacuated to the United States.

He is now being treated in an isolated wing at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.

Writebol also received a vial of the medication. Her response was not as remarkable, according to sources familiar with the treatment. Doctors administered Writebol a second dose on Sunday.

She’s now stable enough to be evacuated back to the U.S. and is expected to arrive before noon Tuesday.

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