Surviving Ebola, “Called for Life”- Dr. Kent Brantly

Surviving Ebola, “Called for Life”- Dr. Kent Brantly

 

“Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, says the proverb, but rather the hero’s heart.

Maybe this is true in any battle; it is surely true of a war that is waged with bleach and a prayer.”

Nancy Gibbs, Time magazine, 2014

 

 

Dr. Kent Brantly, missionary physician to Liberia

Dr. Kent Brantly awoke feeling ill- muscle aches, fever, sore throat, headache and nausea. As his condition progressively worsened to include difficulty breathing, he learned the cause of his illness- the Ebola virus. Having spent the past few weeks caring for patients caught up in the Ebola epidemic that swept Liberia in the spring of 2014, Dr. Brantly had contracted the disease himself, and would likely die, as almost all victims do.

Dr. Brantly, a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Medicine, had volunteered to work at ELWA Hospital in Liberia which was receiving aid from Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. This hospital served as Monrovia’s Ebola treatment center and Dr. Brantly headed the unit.

As his condition deteriorated, his physicians decided his only hope for recovery was use of an experimental drug, ZMapp, previously untested on humans. Since otherwise he was likely to die, he received the drug by infusion into a vein. By the next morning he felt well enough to arise from bed and shower. Unknown to him, thousands of people around the world had been praying for him.

During this time his colleague, nurse Nancy Writebol, was battling her own Ebola infection. She also was treated with ZMapp.

Samaritan’s Purse arranged for both of them to be evacuated to the United States. There, they could continue receiving supportive medical care, as well as allow infectious disease specialists to learn from their conditions. It also would relieve the workload on the doctors who continued to care for Ebola patients at ELWA.

 

Dr. Brantly testified about Ebola before Congress

In this video, listen to Dr. Brantly relate his experience in detail, as he testified about the Ebola problem before a United States Senate committee.

 

The Ebola Fighters

Dr. Brantly and hundreds of other professionals who treated Ebola victims in 2014, the “Ebola fighters”, were named Time magazine’s PERSON of the YEAR for 2014.

 

Dr. Brantly and his wife Amber, who had just left Liberia to return home for a visit, wrote a book about their experience,

Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic.

Called for Life by Kent and Amber Brantly

Called for Life (this is an affiliate link)

 

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6 thoughts on “Surviving Ebola, “Called for Life”- Dr. Kent Brantly

  1. This story inspired me. I felt scared when I first heard they were bringing the victims back to the states, but the doctors worked miracles. thanks for sharing your review.

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    1. Thank you Mary, yes it was a risk for all involved to bring them back; but with great risk often comes great gain- saving their lives and learning more about how to treat this devastating disease. hopefully there will be more stories of happy outcomes in the future due to this event.

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