Ebola Nurse Nancy: 'I'm Alive!'
Her broad smile said it all. Nurse Nancy Writebol knows just how lucky she is to be alive. She survived Ebola.
Writebol spoke at a press conference, saying, "Good morning. It's wonderful to be with you. It is a great privilege to be with you."
She continued, "There were many times when I thought, 'I don't think I'm going to make it anymore.' "
The last time we saw her, Nancy Writebol was at death's door, strapped to a stretcher, covered head-to-toe in a protective suit. She was flown to Atlanta after contracting Ebola while working as a missionary in Liberia.
ABC's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Richard Besser spoke with Writebol. Besser told INSIDE EDITION, "When she was being wheeled into that airplane in Liberia, she said she didn't know if she was ever going to see her husband again. She thought she was that close to death."
The Ebola epidemic has devastated West Africa and the death toll is rising. Today came word that another brave American doctor, Dr. Rick Sacra, an obstetrician from Massachusetts, has also contracted the deadly disease.
No word yet if the stricken physician will be flown back to America for treatment, as was the case with Nancy and her colleague, Dr. Kent Brantly.
Matt Lauer spoke to Dr. Brantly and brought up a concern on many people's minds—Are he and nurse Nancy truly cured?
Lauer told Brantly, "When I told friends of mine I was coming to interview you, you know what the No. 1 question was? Are you going to shake his hand? I shook your hand. I'll do it again."