ATLANTA (Reuters) – An American aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while in Liberia arrived in the United States from West Africa on Saturday and walked into an Atlanta hospital, wearing a bio-hazard suit, for treatment in a special isolation unit.
A chartered medical aircraft carrying Dr. Kent Brantly touched down at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, shortly before noon. Brantly was driven by ambulance, with police escort, to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment in a specially equipped room.
Television news footage showed three people in white biohazard suits step gingerly out of the ambulance. Two of them walked into the hospital, one seeming to lean on the other for support. A hospital spokesman confirmed that Brantly walked into the building under his own power.
Dr. Jay Varkey, an infectious disease specialist at Emory, said he could not comment on a treatment plan until Brantly had been evaluated. Since there is no known cure, standard procedures are to provide hydration with solutions containing electrolytes or intravenous fluids, according to the World Health Organization.
Brantly works for the North Carolina-based Christian organization Samaritan’s Purse. A second infected member of the group, missionary Nancy Writebol, will be brought to the United States on a later flight, as the medical aircraft is equipped to carry only one patient at a time.
“It was a relief to welcome Kent home today. I spoke with him, and he is glad to be back in the U.S. I am thankful to God for his safe transport and for giving him the strength to walk into the hospital,” Brantly’s wife, Amber, said in a written statement. “Please continue praying for Kent and Nancy (Writebol), and please continue praying for the people of Liberia and those who continue to serve them there.”
SPECIALLY DESIGNED HOSPITAL ROOM
Brantly and Writebol were helping respond to the worst West African Ebola outbreak on record when they contracted the disease. Since February, more than 700 people in the region have died from the infection.
Despite concern among some in the United States over bringing Ebola patients to the country, health officials have said there is no risk to the public.
The facility at Emory, set up with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is one of only four in the country with the facilities to deal with such cases.
“We have a specially designed unit, which is highly contained. We have highly trained personnel who know how to safely enter the room of a patient who requires this form of isolation,” Bruce Ribner, an infectious disease specialist at Emory, said Friday.
The plane used to bring Brantly to the United States was equipped with a plastic isolation tent, a medical bed, intravenous lines and monitoring equipment, according to the CDC, which called the set-up an Aeromedical Biological Containment System.
Ebola is a hemorrhagic virus with a death rate of up to 90 percent of those who become infected; the fatality rate in the current epidemic is about 60 percent.
Brantly is a 33-year-old father of two young children. Writebol is a 59-year-old mother of two.
CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said this week that the agency was not aware of any Ebola patient ever being treated in the United States previously. But five people in the past decade have entered the country with either Lassa Fever or Marburg Fever, hemorrhagic fevers that are similar to Ebola.
The two Americans will be treated primarily by a team of four infectious disease physicians. The patients will be able to see loved ones through a plate-glass window and speak to them by phone or intercom.
“There is a little bit of worry,” Jenny Kendrix, 46, said of having Brantly brought to the same hospital where her husband is being treated for cancer.
But 52-year-old Ernie Surunis, at the hospital for a pharmacy conference, said he was not bothered.
“We can’t leave them (in Africa) to die. They went over to help other people,” he said.
(Additional reporting by Daniel Flynn in Dakar, Curtis Skinner in New York, and Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler, Frances Kerry, Leslie Adler and Lisa Shumaker)
12 thoughts on “American aid worker stricken with Ebola arrives in U.S. for treatment”
““We can’t leave them (in Africa) to die. They went over to help other people,” he said.”
So one person is worth over 300 million lives in another country? What kind of logic is that? Don’t you dare even start with that emotional sympathy, “think of the blah blah” propaganda bullshit. 😡
I’m sure you would have loved for it to be an infected child. Then you could have used your “think of the children” propaganda. However, it ain’t gonna work this time, you psychotic bastards! 😡 We the People are on to your dangerous game.
“An American aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while in Liberia arrived in the United States from West Africa on Saturday and walked into an Atlanta hospital, wearing a bio-hazard suit, for treatment in a special isolation unit.”
Walked into a hospital? Walked? Shouldn’t he be on a gurney in that plastic air tight chamber and be rolled in. How the hell did he get into that suit without it becoming infected? Something’s not right there.
“A second infected member of the group, missionary Nancy Writebol, will be brought to the United States on a later flight, as the medical aircraft is equipped to carry only one patient at a time.”
Ok, so that answers my question from a previous article as to what they were going to do with the other patient. The idiot reporters could have easily mentioned that in their report earlier.
“… walked into an Atlanta hospital, wearing a bio-hazard suit, for treatment in a special isolation unit.”
This is SO stupid as to be utterly ludicrous. Colloidal silver would kill that b#tch deader ‘n dogsh#t.
And they damn well know it.
Still betting on that colloidal silver thing? I don’t know, #1. I read that article you posted, but I still have my doubts until I see it. What about that Vitamin C article thing?
That sounds even crazier to me than colloidal silver. Not to say that I wouldn’t give either a try if infected, but just sayin’. Sounds too good to be true to me.
Either colloidal silver or liposomal vitamin C will work, but it doesn’t matter how many times I or someone else says it, you’ll have to do your own research to prove/disprove it for yourself.
One place I suggest starting is with vitamin C research done from the 1940s into the 1970s by a small group of scientists, including Linus Pauling. They found that vitamin C by intramuscular injection (very painful) and intravenously (the IV form must be buffered with calcium gluconate) was effective at curing viral infections, including polio (or what was called polio), as well as a number of other unrelated diseases such as heart disease. This small group, including Linus Pauling, won the Nobel prize in the 1950s for their research and received some small blurbs in newspapers, and then their research findings and clinical recommendations were promptly suppressed. To this day, orthomolecular medicine has not only been banned from being taught in medical schools, but also all medical texts on orthomolecular medicine have been banned from the National Library of Medicine.
I’ll give you two titles to start you off: 1) Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C, and 2) Linus Pauling – The Last Interview.
Colloidal silver, when ionized, fights virus’ and infections at the sub-atomic level. All I can say is, after three consecutive unsuccessful antibiotic trials, my last blood test had a good outcome. No Lyme’s titer detected. of course the antibiotics did it, don’t you know.
Hey Millard. That’s good news. so glad cs whipped it. don’t tell the doctors though. They wouldn’t believe you anyway. haha
I myself would go with the CS. I think huge amounts of Vit C would be eliminated, if taken orally, through the intestinal tract in the form of diarrhea and would be of no real purpose. With Ebola dehydration would contribute to death so why risk diarrhea. Now Vit C via IV in huge doses might be helpful even a cure. I would do both if possible or perhaps CS IV. I know CS does kill viruses. Check out http://www.fourwinds10.net/siterun_data/bellringers_corner/people_of_the_lie/news.php?q=38514158b7c2bc9db8681fdf05a18d18
Not to discredit the other gentleman but CS would be my choice. Is he selling the Vit C ??? Also, I would encourage Vit D3 enough to raise the 25 Hydroxy count between 80 to 100. I would not take or eat fish supplements to build up the number because of the pollution and toxins in all the oceans and river etc. http://www.livestrong.com/article/229232-25-hydroxy-for-a-vitamin-d-deficiency/
If you take ordinary over-the-counter vitamin C (or even vitamin C crystals or powder in water buffered with baking soda), you’re right – once you reach bowel tolerance the remainder of the vitamin C you take is eliminated (this is a great treatment, though, for constipation).
Once vitamin C is nano-encapsulated in a phospholipid (liposomal) coating, such as lecithin, there is no longer such a thing as bowel tolerance as this form of vitamin C is readily absorbed by the GI tract into the lymph system and bloodstream and absorbed at the cellular level without having to undergo transformation by the liver. In fact, liposomal vitamin C is even more effective than IV vitamin C.
But as I said above, it doesn’t matter how often this information is repeated, people have to do their own research to prove/disprove it for themselves, and there’s plenty out there on the net for anyone inclined to do so.
I think the whole thing with bringing in the two aide workers is a hoax. How come this man is still walking he has been sick for days and would be near death. Proper technique would mean that he would not be touching anything in his suit and would be carried in. When a patient is admitted in a hosp they are put in a wheelchair and taken to the floor or on a stretcher. Just hospital rules that’s all. How dumb do they think we are?? Are they planning to use this for a tool to quarantine people and confiscate their guns. Or, to induce the virus in the population and kill off many of us. After all they could blame a epidemic on a break in isolation technique and require everyone to be vaccinated with their poisons. Well let’s not worry and let’s prepare. Pick your plan of treatment now while you can and if it doesn’t happen thank God.
Maybe him walking in serves the purpose of showing the public that even though infected you are still mobile. This would help ease the public conscience when well looking people are rounded up in this ‘medical emergency’.