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Ebola patient's husband has "real reason to be hopeful"

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - 01:43

American Ebola patient Nancy Writebol's arrival for treatment in Atlanta gives hope to her family, says aid organization. Nathan Frandino reports.

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As curious onlookers snapped photos, an emergency vehicle slowly rolled onto the grounds of Atlanta's Emory University Hospital. After days of traveling from Liberia, an Ebola-stricken Nancy Writebol was wheeled out on a stretcher. Writebol now joins Doctor Kent Brantly, who arrived on Saturday, to be treated for the deadly disease. The two had been working at a Monrovia treatment center run by several aid groups. Bruce Johnson represents one of those groups. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SIM USA PRESIDENT BRUCE JOHNSON SAYING: "Samaritan's Purse and SIM are so grateful for both of them here receiving the care that they're receiving right now." Ebola is a virus with no proven cure. It has killed nearly 900 people in west Africa and the death toll is rising. Until recently, hope had been fading for the two Americans. Johnson says when he spoke recently to Nancy's husband David, the future looked grim. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SIM USA PRESIDENT BRUCE JOHNSON SAYING: "A week ago, he said, we were thinking about possible funeral arrangements. Yet we kept our faith. Now we have a real reason to be hopeful." And that reason may lie in the so-far positive effect of an experimental drug given to each of the Americans before they left Liberia. Their treatment will now continue at Emory where friends, families and supporters are waiting for good news.

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Ebola patient's husband has "real reason to be hopeful"

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - 01:43