With the devastating spread of the Ebola Virus in West Africa, many are scared and in the case of those who have lost loved ones to the virus, devastated.
Dr. Kent Brantly, an American Doctor who was working for as a medical missionary in Liberia is one of the most high profile victims of the virus. He was airlifted to Atlanta last week and appears to be recovering. Today, he released this statement. In spite of his diagnosis, his statement is very optimistic.
I am writing this update from my isolation room at Emory University Hospital, where the doctors and nurses are providing the very best care possible. I am growing stronger every day, and I thank God for His mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease.
My wife Amber and I, along with our two children, did not move to Liberia for the specific purpose of fighting Ebola. We went to Liberia because we believe God called us to serve Him at ELWA Hospital.
One thing I have learned is that following God often leads us to unexpected places. When Ebola spread into Liberia, my usual hospital work turned more and more toward treating the increasing number of Ebola patients. I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror firsthand, and I can still remember every face and name.
When I started feeling ill on that Wednesday morning, I immediately isolated myself until the test confirmed my diagnosis three days later. When the result was positive, I remember a deep sense of peace that was beyond all understanding. God was reminding me of what He had taught me years ago, that He will give me everything I need to be faithful to Him.
Now it is two weeks later, and I am in a totally different setting. My focus, however, remains the same–to follow God. As you continue to pray for Nancy and me, yes, please pray for our recovery. More importantly, pray that we would be faithful to God’s call on our lives in these new circumstances.
BN will like to use this opportunity to commend the selfless work of the doctors, nurses, funeral workers, health volunteers and family members who have been caring for Ebola patients. Sadly a nurse in Nigeria has already passed away while a doctor has been confirmed as infected. We hope the current outbreak comes to an end immediately.