The Samaritan’s Purse physician who contracted the dangerous Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) while treating patients in Liberia is going home today.

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Dr. Kent Brantly
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Family practice doctor, Dr. Kent Brantly, who was airlifted from Liberia and arrived at Emory University Hospital for Ebola treatment on August 2nd, has recovered from the disease that has killed 55% of people infected in the current outbreak.

“Today I join all of our Samaritan’s Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly’s recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said in a statement. “Over the past few weeks I have marveled at Dr. Brantly’s courageous spirit as he has fought this horrible virus with the help of the highly competent and caring staff at Emory University Hospital. His faithfulness to God and compassion for the people of Africa have been an example to us all.”

“I know that Dr. Brantly and his wonderful family would ask that you please remember and pray for those in Africa battling, treating and suffering from Ebola,” Graham said. “Those who have given up the comforts of home to serve the suffering and the less fortunate are in many ways just beginning this battle.”

SIM missionary, Nancy Writebol, continues her recovery at Emory University Hospital.

The total number of cases and deaths in this outbreak now stands at 2,473 and 1,350, respectively. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page