Nancy Writebol, the second American medical missionary stricken with Ebola virus in Liberia, arrived in Atlanta Tuesday in an isolation pod aboard a small jet for transfer to Emory University Hospital.
Writebol, 59, arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base aboard the same jet that brought the first American patient, 33-year-old physician Kent Brantly, to the medical center from Liberia on Saturday, WXIA-TV reports. The plane made a brief refueling stop in Bangor, Maine.
The patient was being transported to the hospital by ambulance in a caravan.
Brantly, a doctor with Samaritan’s Purse, and Writebol, a hygienist with Service in Mission, were infected while working with Ebola patients at a clinic operated by the American faith-based organizations in Liberia.
Both have already received an experimental “cocktail” of antibodies that has been used successfully on monkeys infected with the Ebola virus.
SIM USA said on Monday that Writebol remains in serious condition.
“Her husband told me Sunday her appetite has improved, and she requested one of her favorite dishes — Liberian potato soup — and coffee,” Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA, said in a statement. Writebol’s son, Jeremy, said his mother “is still struggling” but that “there seems to be improvement.”
Brantly’s wife said in a statement that she had seen her husband and that he was in good spirits.
“He thanked everyone for their prayers and asked for continued prayer for Nancy Writebol’s safe return and full recovery,” Amber Brantly said.
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SOURCE: USA Today
Doug Stanglin and Kim Hjelmgaard