Ebola Survivor: 'God Saved My Life'

Kent Brantly addresses media; Nancy Writebol was released earlier

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 21, 2014 10:28 AM CDT

(Newser) – A grinning Dr. Kent Brantly walked into a press conference at Emory University Hospital this morning, the fully recovered survivor of Ebola virus. "Today is a miraculous day," he said. "I'm thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be here with my family." He continued, at times tearfully, "God saved my life, a direct answer to thousands and thousands of prayers." The CDC said this morning that both Americans have been declared free of the virus, "are not contagious," and "pose no public health concern." And contrary to earlier reports, Nancy Writebol was released from Emory on Tuesday; she's now in an undisclosed location with her husband. An Emory doctor said the hospital is respecting her desire for privacy. "It was the right decision to bring these patients back to America for treatment," said the doctor.

Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly stands with his wife, Amber, during a news conference at Emory University Hospital.
Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly stands with his wife, Amber, during a news conference at Emory University Hospital.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly looks on during a news conference at Emory University Hospital.
Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly looks on during a news conference at Emory University Hospital.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
This undated photo provided by Samaritan's Purse shows Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber.
This undated photo provided by Samaritan's Purse shows Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber.   (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)
In this Oct. 7, 2013, file photo, provided by Jeremy Writebol, his mother, Nancy Writebol, poses with children in Liberia.
In this Oct. 7, 2013, file photo, provided by Jeremy Writebol, his mother, Nancy Writebol, poses with children in Liberia.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Jeremy Writebol)
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