Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
ATLANTA (AP) -- The second American aid worker who was recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa has arrived at an Atlanta hospital for treatment.
The patient was wheeled on a stretcher from an ambulance toward Emory Hospital just before 1 p.m. Tuesday. The first American patient arrived Saturday and walked.
Although hospital officials haven't released the second patient's identity, the aid group she was working with has identified her as 59-year-old Nancy Writebol. It says she's in serious but stable condition. The husband of the second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola says the patient is weak but showing signs of improvement.
Writebol arrived in Georgia via jet late Tuesday morning.
She and Dr. Kent Brantly, a physician with North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia.
Ebola has killed at least 887 people in four West African countries in what's considered one of the largest outbreaks ever.
The president of the aid group SIM USA said Tuesday that Writebol's husband described the woman as progressing. Bruce Johnson says he spoke with David Writebol, who said Nancy stood and got on a plane in Liberia with assistance to head to Atlanta for treatment. When she arrived Tuesday, she was wheeled from an ambulance in a stretcher.
David Writebol says that a week ago, the family was considering funeral arrangements, but now they're relieved and cautiously optimistic.
(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)