Two Americans volunteering in the fight the Ebola virus in Liberia–including a doctor and missionary–have tested positive for the deadly virus.
Both Dr. Kent Brantly, a father of two and medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse care center serving the Liberian capital of Monrovia, and Nancy Writebol, part of the joint Serving In Mission/Samaritan’s Purse team, are fighting for their lives.
They are undergoing intensive treatment at an isolation center in Africa.
“We are doing everything possible to help Dr. Brantly and Nancy,” Samaritan’s Purse president Franklin Graham said. “We ask everyone to please pray urgently for them and their families.”
Samaritan’s Purse is a charitable faith-based organization that helps those in need around the world.
Dr. Brantly, a family practice physician, was serving in Liberia through the post-residency program before joining the medical team responding to the Ebola crisis.
His wife and two children had been living with him in Liberia but flew home to Abilene, Texas about a week before he showed any signs of the illness.
Last week, Dr. Brantly recognized he had symptoms associated with Ebola and immediately put himself in isolation.
“We’re just trusting God for his life,” his mother, Jan Brantly, told the Indianapolis Star. “We’re praying, and we’re sustained by our faith.”
Since March, Writebol, a wife and mother of two, had been working as a hygienist who decontaminated those entering and leaving the isolation ward.
These two cases underscore the seriousness of the horrific Ebola outbreak that is spreading throughout Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea and infecting hundreds of people at an unprecedented rate.
The deadly disease causes massive internal bleeding.
Sixty percent of those who contract the disease die.
Families are clinging to hope that these two are part of the 40 percent.
The disease has claimed more than 670 lives.