Missionary infected with Ebola to discuss recovery
After weeks of battling Ebola, a North Carolina missionary was planning to talk publicly for the first time about her fight to survive the deadly virus.
Nancy Writebol and her husband, David, planned to hold a news conference Wednesday at the SIM USA charity's sprawling campus south of Charlotte. The news conference comes one day after the charity announced that an American doctor treating obstetrics patients at its hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, has tested positive for Ebola.
The Writebols left their home last year for missionary work at a clinic in Liberia, where Nancy Writebol's duties included disinfecting staff entering or leaving the Ebola treatment area. After she was infected, Nancy Writebol, 59, was flown to the United States and kept in isolation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
She was released Aug. 19 and has been spending time with her husband at an undisclosed location. Her husband was quarantined for a week at the SIM campus before being released.
Earlier, David Writebol said he and his wife expected to enter a world of poverty, pain and suffering when they left for missionary work in Liberia. They accepted the risks, having faith God would ensure their safety.
So when a doctor told Writebol his wife was infected with the virus, he said he turned to God for strength.
The virus that has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa is spread by direct contact with blood or bodily fluids, not through casual contact.
Another missionary, Dr. Kent Brantly, was released last month after spending three weeks in an isolation unit at the same hospital. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public appearance pleading for help for countries still struggling with the virus.
After Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol were infected, their charity organizations, Samaritan's Purse and SIM, reached out to top infectious disease experts for help.
Meanwhile, SIM President Bruce Johnson said more details about the American doctor infected with Ebola would be released Wednesday. It is not yet known how the doctor contracted the virus.