Kent Brantly has been released from an Atlanta hospital less than one month after being treated for the Ebola virus, marking a dramatic turnaround for the aid worker.
Brantly had been working with Ebola patients in Liberia, working with the Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse. Both Brantly and Nancy Writebol, an aid worker also working in Liberia, contracted Ebola and traveled to the United States for an experimental treatment.
After being released on Thursday, Kent Brantly released a statement thanking those who prayed for him and asking them to continue praying for those affected by Ebola in Africa.
In the statement, Brantly said:
“I am writing this update from my isolation room at Emory University Hospital, where the doctors and nurses are providing the very best care possible. I am growing stronger every day, and I thank God for His mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease. 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 and for the people of Liberia and West Africa.
“Now it is two weeks later, and I am in a totally different setting. My focus, however, remains the same – to follow God. As you continue to pray for Nancy and me, yes, please pray for our recovery. More importantly, pray that we would be faithful to God’s call on our lives in these new circumstances.”
Brantly added that he and wife Amber did not travel to Liberia for the specific purpose of fighting Ebola, but instead “because we believe God called us to serve Him at ELWA Hospital.”
“One thing I have learned is that following God often leads us to unexpected places,” Brantly wrote. “When Ebola spread into Liberia, my usual hospital work turned more and more toward treating the increasing number of Ebola patients. I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror first-hand, and I can still remember every face and name.”
While American doctor Kent Brantly appears to have beaten Ebola, the outbreak continues to spread in Africa. There have been more than 1,300 deaths among the roughly 2,400 people infected, and officials say there is no end in sight.