U.S. Ebola victim Dr. Richard Sacra "in good spirits"- wife
Thursday, September 04, 2014 - 01:34
The wife of ebola victim, Dr. Richard Sacra, said she was told ''he is in good spirits'' and was able to walk to the plane as he left Liberia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Debbie Sacra, the wife of Dr. Richard A. Sacra, the third U.S. physician to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia, told a news conference at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester said she was told her husband "was in good spirits" as he departed Liberia.
She also said she was told, "he walked out to the plane."
Sacra, a 51-year-old Boston physician, is the latest worker for SIM USA to be infected with the virus that has killed more than 1,900 people.
A Reuters cameraman saw Sacra, wearing a white protective overall, step out of the car that brought him to the tarmac. He walked onto the aircraft.
The plane was expected to arrive in Omaha on Friday morning, and Sacra will begin receiving treatment at the Nebraska Medical Center.
Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown confirmed that the plane carrying Sacra was identical to the Gulfstream jet that ferried Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, who had contracted the disease in July while working at the missionary group's health facilities in Liberia.
Sacra had volunteered to return to Liberia, where he has long offered medical services, when the two other U.S. health workers were infected.
Writebol and Brantly have since recovered after being flown back to the United States for treatment in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Sacra had not been caring for Ebola patients but was delivering babies, and had been following protocols to prevent the disease, the group said. It was not known how he contracted the disease.
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