Plans are underway to bring Nancy Writebol, the American missionary who recently contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia, according to SIM, the Christian mission organization with which she serves. She remains in serious but stable condition.
“We are so heartened that Nancy is in stable condition and that plans are underway to bring her back to the U.S.,” said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. “We are grateful for the help and support of the U.S. State Department in this endeavor. As believers in the power of prayer, we covet the prayers of people around the world, not only for Nancy and Kent, but also for all those fighting this brutal virus.”
Writebol will be treated at Emory University Hospital, along with Kent Brantley, the other U.S. patient.
During a press conference Friday afternoon Dr. Bruce Ribner, a professor at the Emory School of Medicine’s Infectious Diseases Divisi, said the hospital had highly trained physicians, nurses and staff and a specially built isolation unit equipped to properly treat both patients.
Dr. Ribner also said he was not worried about other potential infections.
"I have no concerns about my personal health or the health of the other health care workers,"
Writebol is the mother of Jeremy Writebol, a Wichita pastor.
Eyewitness News spoke to Jeremy on Wednesday. He told us his mother was being kept in isolation.
"Dad's visits with mom right now are through a window at the home where mom is isolated and he's in a containment suit even there."
Jeremy said he had spoken to his mother over the phone. He said she was stable but very weak.
A press briefing on Writebol's return is expected at 2 p.m.