Both U.S. patients stricken with Ebola released from hospital

BY newsdesk  August 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM EST

Dr. Kent Brantley, the U.S. missionary who was stricken with the Ebola virus in Liberia, spoke upon his release from Emory University Hospital Thursday. Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of the hospital’s Infectious Disease Unit, answered questions about Brantley’s treatment.

Nancy Writebol, the missionary stricken with the Ebola, was tested clear of the virus and discharged from Emory University Hospital on Tuesday. She and her husband, David, have gone to an undisclosed location to rest. Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse[/caption]Nancy Writebol, the U.S. missionary stricken with Ebola while serving in Liberia, was discharged from an Emory University Hospital isolation room in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Nancy Writebol, the missionary stricken with the Ebola, was tested clear of the virus and discharged from Emory University Hospital on Tuesday. She and her husband, David, have gone to an undisclosed location to rest. Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

Nancy Writebol, the missionary stricken with the Ebola, was tested clear of the virus and discharged from Emory University Hospital on Tuesday. She and her husband, David, have gone to an undisclosed location to rest. Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of the hospital’s Infectious Disease Unit, announced Thursday that Writebol was cleared by the hospital and the Center for Centers for Disease Control.

Ribner also announced that fellow Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantley, who served with Writebol in Liberia, will be discharged today.

Brantley spoke at a news conference at the hospital: “Today is a miraculous day,” he said. “I’m thrilled to be alive and well and to be reunited with my family.”

Brantley and Writebol served for the Christian organization, Samaritan’s Purse, in Monrovia, Liberia. They were flown to Atlanta to be treated for the deadly disease earlier this month.

As of Aug. 18, the Ebola virus has killed more than 1,350 people in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, according to the latest numbers released by the World Health Organization.

Read more about how Ebola is spread.