Former Texas Doctor With Ebola Says He’s Getting Better

Dr. Kent Brantly in Liberia. (Samaritan's Purse photo)

ATLANTA (August 8, 2014) A former Texas doctor, who was flown back to the U.S. nearly a week ago in an unprecedented medical evacuation after contracting Ebola in West Africa, says he’s getting stronger every day.

Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and another aid worker, Nancy Writebol, are being treated in a unique isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

I am growing stronger every day, and I thank God for His mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease,” he said.

“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 (Writebol) and for the people of Liberia and West Africa,” he said.

Brantly released the statement Friday through Samaritan's Purse, the aid organization he was working with in Liberia.

Brantly, who arrived in the U.S. Saturday aboard a specially-equipped jet, completed his medical residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

The married father of two, traveled in October 2013 to Monrovia, Liberia with the relief agency Samaritan’s Purse.

He started treating Ebola patients in June and then in July recognized that he had developed symptoms of the disease.

Writebol, was flown to Atlanta a few days later aboard the same plane.

She works with the international mission organization SIM.