The Christian missionary has been reunited with her husband and is getting stronger, her sons say

By Andrea Billups
August 22, 2014 02:05 PM
Courtesy SIM

Recovering U.S. Ebola patient Nancy Writebol is thinking of others who are suffering as she heals – and she’s pondering a return to Africa, her sons told Matt Lauer Friday on Today.

Writebol, 59, was released from Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital on Tuesday after being airlifted to the U.S. from Liberia on Aug. 5. She was one of two Americans, along with physician Dr. Kent Brantley, to contract the deadly disease that continues to plague several African nations.

Writebol was finally reunited with her husband, David, after being quarantined in a special isolation unit for weeks – the couple lovingly placed their hands side-by-side on hospital glass as she underwent successful treatment.

“It was a beautiful time,” son Brian said of his parents’ reunion.

She is already talking about what she wants to do next, including possibly going back to help the people she was ministering to, Brian said of her progress.

“She’s still thinking about it,” her other son, Jeremy, told Lauer of the possibility of his mom returning to Africa, even as the Ebola virus continues to spread.

Jeremy also spoke of his mom’s deep Christian faith, which she credits for her healing, as well as his parents’ compassion for those in need: “Africa is still in their heart and the suffering and the people in western Africa is still very deep for them.”

For now, the sons said, Mom is going to take some time, not only to make decisions about the future, but to gather her strength.

“She’s tired and trying to rest,” Jeremy said. “There s still some physical recovery that has to go on there, but her color is good and strong.”

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