Fort Worth Physician Infected With Ebola

Fort Worth physician, Dr. Kent Brantly, landed just days ago in Georgia for treatment of the Ebola virus.  Dr. Brantly arrived at Emory University Hospital after being evacuated from Monrovia, Liberia where he was previously being treated for Ebola. Although Brantly had shown signs of the disease for the past week, he managed to walk into the hospital with the support of medical personnel. Dr. Brantly, along with the medical personell, wore protective gear to contain the deadly virus as they came inside.

The fact that the doctor was able to walk into Emory University hospital today after his return to the United States surprised even medical experts familiar with the ravages of the deadly disease.

Brantly, along with missionary colleague, Nancy Writebol, were infected with the disease after working with Ebola-infected patients in Liberia’s capital city. This current Ebola outbreak is the worst on record and has killed more than 700 in three countries in West African and infected more than 1,300.

Before Brantly arrived in Atlanta, not much about his condition had been made public. According to Samaritan’s Purse, the aid organization he was working for, Brantly was in “serious but stable” condition before being flown to the U.S.

When the doctor was able to walk into the hospital, at least two experts said they were surprised but pleased that the doctor seemed to be doing well.

This strain of the Ebola virus has a fatality rate of approximately 60 percent and past outbreaks had fatality rates as high as 90 percent.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said he felt “guardedly optimistic,” since Ebola usually advances quickly and Brantly had shown signs of the disease for at least a week.

Our prayers are with Dr. Brantly and his family.

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