The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. (2 Corinthians 12:12)
Dr. Kent Brantly, from Fort Worth, Texas, has worked with Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia since October 2013. As part of its post-residency program for doctors, he was Medical Director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia. Before that, he was a family practice doctor in Fort Worth.
Now, he has tested positive for Ebola virus disease and is being treated at the hospital in Monrovia. Dr. Brantly was well aware that Ebola is one of the most deadly diseases in the world, with healthcare workers among those at highest risk. Despite this Dr. Brantly covered himself with white coveralls made of a synthetic material as he treated Ebola patients for hours each day in sweltering heat.
Ebola virus disease spreads quickly and strikes victims with flu-like symptoms. Treatment is IV fluid support and symptomatic care, but the disease can kill up to 90% of those affected, though the current outbreak has a mortality rate of 60%, thanks in part to the brave work of healthcare workers like Kent Brantly.
Please pray for his full recovery.
Follow-up. Dr. Brantly is in grave condition. He wrote on Monday (7/28), “I’m praying fervently that God will help me survive this disease,” He also asked that prayers be extended for Nancy Writebol, an American co-worker who has fallen ill.
More information about Ebola virus disease may be found here.