US doctor with Ebola ‘recovering in every way’

A missionary doctor who was flown to Atlanta for treatment after contracting Ebola in Liberia says he is making a steady recovery and hopes to be reunited with family in the “near future.”

“As my treatment continues in the isolation unit at Emory University Hospital, I am recovering in every way,” said Kent Brantly, a physician with Samaritan’s Purse. “There are still a few hurdles to clear before I can be discharged, but I hold on to the hope of a sweet reunion with my wife, children and family in the near future.”

Brantly and Nancy Writebol, a missionary with SIM USA, were both treated with an experimental drug called ZMapp and flown back to the U.S. for further care after contracting the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.

The missionaries have been receiving treatment in isolation at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital for the past two weeks.

The Ebola outbreak in Africa has so far killed more than a thousand people, and the World Health Organization has reported almost 2,000 cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

Brantly thanked people for praying for his recovery but emphasized the humanitarian crisis in West Africa.

“Please continue to pray for and bring attention to those suffering in the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa,” he wrote. “Their fight is far from over.”