Ebola survivor Kent Brantly released from hospital
American Kent Brantly is to be released from hospital today following his recovery from Ebola.
A devout Christian, Brantly contracted the virus while working as a missionary for Samaritan's Purse in Liberia.
Samaritan's Purse president, Franklin Graham, today released a statement welcoming Brantly's good health.
"Today I join all of our Samaritan's Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly's recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital," Graham said.
"Over the past few weeks I have marvelled at Dr. Brantly's courageous spirit as he has fought this horrible virus with the help of the highly competent and caring staff at Emory University Hospital. His faithfulness to God and compassion for the people of Africa have been an example to us all."
Graham asked for continued prayer for those in Africa still battling the disease, which has now killed 1,350 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organisation.
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He also highlighted those missionaries and doctors living and working in the infected areas: "Those who have given up the comforts of home to serve the suffering and the less fortunate are in many ways just beginning this battle," Graham said.
"We have more than 350 staff in Liberia, and others will soon be joining them, so please pray for those who have served with Dr. Brantly - along with the other doctors, aid workers and organizations that are at this very moment desperately trying to stop Ebola from taking any more lives."
Brantly was medically evacuated to the US on August 4, and repeatedly thanked God during his treatment.
"My focus...remains the same – to follow God," he said in a statement on August 8.
"As you continue to pray for Nancy [another missionary diagnosed with Ebola] 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."