Dr. Brantly: ‘Today is a miraculous day’

Dr. Kent Brantly smiles as he is released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (WISH Photo)
Dr. Kent Brantly smiles as he is released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Dr. Kent Brantly praised God, thanked medical staff and urged continued attention for those dealing with Ebola in West Africa on Thursday, speaking for the first time as he was discharged from Emory University Hospital.

“Today is a miraculous day,” Brantly said. “I’m thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.”

Brantly spoke of his journey to Liberia, where he and his family moved last October because of his work as a medical missionary. At the time, Ebola wasn’t present in the region. But by June and July, he had a steady stream of Ebola patients.

On July 23, Brantly said he woke up feeling ill.

“And then my life took an unexpected turn,” he said.

Brantly thanked the thousands of people who prayed for him, as well as the medical staff that aided in his recovery.

“God saved my life, a direct answer to thousands and thousands of prayers,” he said.

Nancy Writebol was also released from the hospital Thursday. Although she didn’t want to speak publicly, she did ask Brantly to thank people for her.

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