Monday, September 08, 2014

Dr. Kent Brantly's Miraculous Recovery from Ebola

--Dr. Kent Brantly is a Medical Missionary with Samaritan's Purse.  He has served in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.  It was while he was in Honduras that he decided to become a Medical Missionary and met his wife Amber.

--Brantly and his family moved to Monrovia, Liberia in October of 2013 to serve with Samaritan's Purse for two years.

--The Ebola Outbreak arrived in West Africa in March.  It was on June 11th when Brantly's hospital started receiving Ebola patients.  His family flew back to the U.S. for a wedding on July 20th, he was supposed to join them a week later, but on July 26th Brantly tested positive for Ebola.

--Brantly had only seen one person survive Ebola since he had been treating patients with it, and he knew that it had a 90% fatality rate.  Yet, he had God's peace through it all.

--There was one dose of an experimental drug, that hadn't been tested on humans, but had worked on monkeys to treat Ebola.  The dose was split between Brantly and Nancy Writebol (a missionary who works for SIM, which works closely with Samaritan's Purse).

--Brantly and Writebol were both flown back to the U.S. to be treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.  Miraculously, both recovered and Writebol was released on August 19th and Brantly on the 21st.

--Brantly and Nancy Writebol's recoveries are miraculous, the World Health Organization is reporting that there are now 3,600 reported cases and over 1,800 deaths in West Africa since the outbreak began.

--Dr. Brantly and his wife were interviewed for an NBC special with Matt Lauer.  The entire interview is online, I highly recommend watching it.

--Brantly also shared his powerful story with Time Magazine.

--A portion of Brantly's statement when he was released from the hospital:
As I lay in my bed in Liberia for the following nine days, getting sicker and weaker each day, I prayed that God would help me to be faithful even in my illness, and I prayed that in my life or in my death, He would be glorified,” he said. “I did not know then, but I have learned since, that there were thousands, maybe even millions of people around the world praying for me throughout that week, and even still today. And 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, and also 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.
--Both Brantly and Writebol credit God and science with their recoveries.  And both are praying for more attention to be focused on the great needs in Liberia:
“Africa is a place of great medical need,” he said. “Liberia, in particular, has a health care system that was severely damaged during the long history of war and civil conflict.”
Even before the Ebola outbreak, Liberia has experienced severe medical hardship. It is ranked eighth in the world for number of women dying during pregnancy or from causes related to childbirth, and in general, the medical care is lacking. On average, there is one physician for every 100,000 people in Liberia.
 --Unfortunately, a 3rd Missionary Doctor has contracted Ebola.  Prayers for him and all those in West Africa!

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