ATLANTA (August 15, 2014) Former Texas physician Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, infected with Ebola while working with the group Samaritan’s Purse in West Africa, says he’s “recovering in every way” and holding onto hope of a reunion with his family.
In a statement released through Samaritan’s Purse Friday, Brantly expresses gratitude for the health care professionals who are treating him with "compassionate, world-class care," adding he is "more grateful every day to the Lord for sparing my life."
He remains in a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta where he and a second American, Nancy Writebol, who also contracted the deadly virus in Africa, are being treated.
Brantly 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 works with the international mission organization SIM.