An American aid worker who was infected with Ebola in Africa seems to be getting stronger, her husband told reporters from a North Carolina RV park where he and two other missionaries are being quarantined. "I get a sense she is getting stronger," David Writebol said in a Skype call of his wife Nancy. "I want to see her. I want to be with her."
Nancy Writebol contracted Ebola in Liberia, although David Writebol said Wednesday it's still too early to determine how she got the infection. She is being treated in Atlanta. Meanwhile, David and two American doctors who cared for Ebola patients in Liberia flew to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday and have been staying on the campus of SIM USA, the mission group that sponsored their efforts in West Africa. The three have been quarantined, despite not showing any symptoms.
The historic outbreak has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa. "We knew that we had to do something to relieve their suffering," David said Wednesday, adding that Nancy's work helped keep doctors safe. "We go where God leads us and where there's a need."
—Gabe Gutierrez and Elizabeth Chuck
First published August 13 2014, 12:36 PM
Gabe Gutierrez is an NBC News correspondent based in Atlanta, Ga. He joined the network in March 2012, and reports for all platforms of NBC News, including "TODAY," "Nightly News with Brian Williams," MSNBC, NBCLatino.com, and NBCNews.com, as well as Telemundo.
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Gutierrez came to NBC News from KHOU 11 News in Houston, Texas, where he worked as the station's City Hall reporter. Prior to working in Houston, Gabe was a weekend morning anchor and reporter at WJRT-TV, the ABC station in Flint, Mich. While at WJRT, he regularly produced and hosted the station's public affairs program in addition to covering the state legislature and the auto industry. His first on-air job was at WBOY-TV, the NBC affiliate in Clarksburg, West Virginia, where he anchored weekend newscasts and reported during the week. While in college, Gutierrez interned at Telemundo in South Florida and at ABC News' satellite feed in Chicago.
Gutierrez was named "Best Reporter" in 2009 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He also won an Emmy for his investigation into what several banks called one of the largest mortgage schemes ever in the state. The Associated Press also honored him for breaking news coverage and investigative reporting.
Originally from Miami, Gutierrez graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism with a double major in political science. He is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.