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Nancy Writebol, American Ebola Patient, Arrives in U.S.

Nancy Writebol will be treated at a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
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/ Source: The Associated Press

The second American aid worker infected with Ebola in Liberia arrived in the United States on Tuesday for treatment. Nancy Writebol, 59, will be treated in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the same hospital that is treating the other American, Dr. Kent Brantly. A specially outfitted plane carrying Writebol landed just outside Atlanta on Tuesday morning.

Writebol and Brantly have been given with an experimental drug never tested on humans, and doctors and associates say that they have shown improvement. An official with Writebol’s aid organization, SIM USA, said Monday that she was “up and walking” before she left Africa and felt well enough to order a favorite Liberian dish, potato soup. Brantly and Writebol contracted Ebola while treating patients at a missionary clinic in Liberia.

Their families met for the first time Monday night, said a spokesman for Samaritan’s Purse, Brantly’s aid organization. The Brantlys had spent time together praying for Writebol, and the Writebols thanked the Brantlys for those prayers, the spokesman said.


— Kate Snow and Erin McClam