(ATLANTA) — Dr. Kent Brantly, who was infected with the Ebola virus while in West Africa, is said to be improving since arriving at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta this weekend, according to a statement by Samaritan’s Purse.
The Christian aid group said Brantly received a dose of the experimental antibody serum before leaving Liberia, the same medicine he passed along to another infected American, aid worker Nancy Writebol.
Meanwhile, Brantly’s wife, Amber, released her own statement Sunday, saying her husband is receiving excellent care at Emory and is in good spirits.
There were also reports that when Brantly entered the hospital Saturday, he did so under his own power with the help of medical professionals. All three wore protective gear to contain the deadly virus, which has killed more than 825 people in four West African countries.
In other developments, Writebol is being transferred from Liberia to Emory Hospital and is expected to land in the U.S. Tuesday. She will receive the same treatment as Brantly.
Even if both Americans continue showing improvement, there is no guarantee they will be completely cured of Ebola. Brantly and Writebol will have to be under constant monitoring to ensure their blood pressure, lung function, kidney function and other vitals remain steady.
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