Two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital.
Officials announced the release of Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol on Thursday. Brantly left Emory University Hospital on Thursday. Writebol left Tuesday. Family and officials say they’re free of the virus. Writebol’s husband says she left privately in a weakened condition to recuperate at an undisclosed location.
They were at the hospital nearly three weeks.
Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of the infectious disease unit at the hospital, said at a news conference that their release did not pose a public health risk.
“Today is a miraculous day,” Brantly said at the news conference. “I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family. As a medical missionary, I never imagined myself in this position.”
Brantly thanked all the medical staff who cared for him and people around the world who prayed for his recovery, adding, “Please do not stop praying for the people of Liberia and West Africa, and for a quick end to this Ebola epidemic.”
Meanwhile, Writebol, a missionary with SIM, is spending time with her husband in an undisclosed location.
“Nancy is free of the virus, but the lingering effects of the battle have left her in a significantly weakened condition,” her husband, David, said in a statement Thursday.
“During the course of her fight, Nancy recalled the dark hours of fear and loneliness, but also a sense of the deep abiding peace and presence of God, giving her comfort,” he also said. “She was greatly encouraged knowing that there were so many people around the world lifting prayers to God for her return to health.”
Brantly and Writebol were flown out of the west African nation of Liberia earlier this month and have been getting treatment for the deadly disease in an isolation unit at the hospital. The two were infected while working at a missionary clinic outside Liberia’s capital.
The Ebola outbreak has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.
Ebola is spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of sick people experiencing symptoms.