by S’ola Filani
An American patient who was diagnosed with Ebola and airlifted to the United States for treatment has released his first statement since the ordeal began.
Doctor Kent Brantly, an American aid worker from North Carolina, said in a statement Friday he is “growing stronger every day.”
He was infected with the Ebola virus while working for U.S. aid group Samaritan’s Purse at a Liberian hospital that treated Ebola patients.
He released the statement from the isolation unit of Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital where he is being treated.
There is no known cure for Ebola, and Brantly is being treated with an experimental serum.
Brantly thanked those who have been praying for his recovery, and said his focus remains on following God.
The full statement:
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.
My wife Amber and I, along with our two children, did not move to Liberia for the specific purpose of fighting Ebola. We went to Liberia 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. 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.
When I started feeling ill on that Wednesday morning, I immediately isolated myself until the test confirmed my diagnosis three days later. When the result was positive, I remember a deep sense of peace that was beyond all understanding. God was reminding me of what He had taught me years ago, that He will give me everything I need to be faithful to Him.
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.