Southsider Voice correspondent
Southside native Dr. Kent Brantly acknowledged the worldwide prayers and the impact of his struggle against ebola in a statement he read Aug. 21 on his release from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Brantly was stricken with ebola while serving through Samaritan’s Purse as a medical missionary in Liberia. He was brought to Emory for treatment with missionary hygienist Nancy Writebol, who was released from the hospital Aug. 19.
“I prayed that God would help me to be faithful even in my illness,” Brantly stated. “I prayed that in my life or in my death, God would be glorified.
“I have heard story after story of how this situation has impacted the lives of individuals around the globe – both among my friends and family, but among complete strangers. I cannot thank you enough for your prayers and your support. But what I can tell you is that I serve a faithful God who answers prayers.”
As he emerged from the isolation area for the first time since being flown from Liberia on Aug. 2 for treatment in Atlanta, Brantly gave high fives to the hospital’s treatment team.
“Today (Aug. 21) is a miraculous day,” he said.
The hospital’s Dr. Bruce Ribner emphasized that the release of the patients poses no health risk, adding that they are not contagious once they have recovered.
Brantly was active at Southeastern Church of Christ, where he went to school as a youth. He is a graduate of Heritage Christian High School, Abilene Christian University and Indiana University School of Medicine. He and his family live in Fort Worth, Texas, where they returned after his release.
He is the son of Dr. Jim and Jan Brantly. Dr. Brantly, a retired physician, is an elder at Southeastern Church of Christ.
Publisher’s note: For full text of Brantly’s statement upon his release from the hospital, see Page 3.