Two American aid workers have tested positive for Ebola, a deadly virus they had been working to combat in the West African country of Liberia.
Dr. Kent Brantly, medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia, is undergoing treatment at a Samaritan’s Purse isolation center at ELWA Hospital in Monrovia after testing positive for the virus.
A second American aid worker also tested positive and is receiving treatment. Nancy Writebol is a SIM missionary who had been helping the Samaritan’s Purse team treating Ebola patients at the Case Management Center in Monrovia. Writebol is married and has two adult sons.
Dr. Brantly is also married and has two children.
Samaritan’s Purse is committed to doing everything possible to help Writebol and Dr. Brantly during this time of crisis.
Franklin Graham said the “heroic and sacrificial service” of Brantly and the entire team in Monrovia “is a shining example of Christ’s love in this crisis situation.”
Samaritan’s Purse is continuing medical operations at its Ebola Case Management Centers in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the Liberia Ministry of Health and other global health authorities.
In an email to staff at both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and its sister ministry Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham requested prayer for both workers.
“We ask everyone to please pray urgently for them and their families,” he said Sunday.
Brantly Family Statement: ‘We ask for your continued prayers’