US doctor treated for Ebola to be released from hospital

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A missionary who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia and flew back to the United States for treatment is scheduled to be released from the hospital today.

Dr. Kent Brantly got the virus while treating patients in the most devastating Ebola outbreak in history. At least 1,350 people in West Africa have been killed in the outbreak.

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“Today I join all of our Samaritan’s Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly’s recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, the group Brantly represented.

Brantly and another missionary, Nancy Writebol with SIM USA, were given the experimental drug ZMapp after contracting Ebola. The treatment with the drug, which has not been approved by the FDA, came before they were flown back to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

The hospital has scheduled a press conference at 11 a.m., where Brantly will make a statement.

Hospital officials say they will discuss the discharge of both Brantly and Writebol during the meeting, but would not confirm whether Writebol will also be released soon.