Brave American Ebola Doc Cured, Released From Hospital
Dr. Kent Brantly has been released from the hospital after three weeks of rigorous treatment to cure Ebola, as doctors confirm that his release poses no public health threat. INSIDE EDITION has more.
Cheers greeted Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly as he faced the nation upon his release from an Atlanta hospital.
All the major networks broke in with breaking news as Dr. Brantly said to the media, "Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be reunited with my family."
Three weeks ago, Dr. Brantly and his colleague, nurse Nancy Writebol were flown to the U.S. from West Africa on death's door, stricken with Ebola. Nancy Writebol was quietly sent home on Tuesday.
The head of Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit assured the public that there's no threat from Dr. Brantly or the nurse.
Dr. Bruce Ribner said at a press conference, "The discharge from the hospital of both of these patients poses no public health threat."
INSIDE EDITION's April Woodard also spoke to Dr. Robert Glatter, emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hosptial in New York City.
Woodard asked, "Should we be concerned at all about his children, or the friends of the children going to school the next day?"
Dr. Glatter replied, "There should be no concern at this point. He is safe to be in the community. People should not have any extraordinary concerns at this time."
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Dr. Brantly hugged the medical team that came together to save his life, saying, "I will not forget you and all that you have done for me."
Five physicians and 22 nurses worked around the clock to save him.
At the press conference, Dr. Ribner said, "Well, if the hugging transmits the message that we don't think he's contagious, I think that would be accurate."
Dr. Brantly said his immediate plan was to take it easy for the time being.
At the press conference he said, "Above all, I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life. And I'm glad for any attention my sickness has attracted to the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic."
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