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Posted on 07/29/2014 12:13:32 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
A doctor from Texas is in grave condition and terrified for his life after he contracted the incurable Ebola virus he was treating in West Africa, colleagues said Monday.
Dr. Kent Brantley, 33, is one of two Americans in the region who have contracted the deadly disease, which has now killed nearly 700 people in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization.
The father of two had been treating Ebola victims in Monrovia, Liberia, when he began to notice symptoms related to the virus, CBS reports.
Im praying fervently that God will help me survive this disease, he said in an email sent to his colleague, Dr. David Mcray, who worked with Brantly at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Modal Trigger Brantly with his wife and their two childrenPhoto: Facebook
He also requested that people send their prayers and well-wishes to Nancy Writebol, his co-worker at the hospital and second American doctor to contract the disease in Liberia.
Despite being scared for his life, family and friends said he had no regrets and was well aware of the numerous risks he faced when he chose to treat the dangerous epidemic.
Kent prepared himself to be a lifetime medical missionary, said his mother, Jan Brantly.
His heart is in Africa.
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God bless him and his family.
I have prayed for our Lord to spare this doctor.
Please join me in doing so.
His heart is in Africa.
If it is incurable, is there any chance for him?
Uh oh, another radical Christian! You know, the kind that clings to the Bible. Yeah, that kind, the one serving Jesus.
Who wrote that headline? “Grave.” Jeez....
With all respect, it doesn't matter. The Creator is in control of whatever outcome. Intercede for the guy.
30% iirc from class, maybe higher.
He has two beautiful children.
I rather imagine that this doctor is much healthier in general than the patients he treats in Africa. Hoping, praying that his system can combat this monster.
50% to 90% fatal according to cdc.
I think in this case the word incurable means that medicine has no cure, other than treating the symptoms and hoping the body heals itself. The fatality rate in this outbreak is about 70%, as I recall. That means that about 30% do recover, but it's the body's immune system that beats it, not any medicine.
And as another poster pointed out, it's really God who is in control. May God have mercy on this servant of His, and restore him to full health so that he may continue to heal others.
It is so scary. I saw the clothes they wear. They need actual Hazmat Suits! God bless him and his family. Look at those gorgeous children. Prayers UP!
I heard on the news 8% of ebola victims survive. I have NO idea if it is true
Greater love hath no man than this . . .
Praying for his recovery.
Is this another American with the disease? I thought the other person with the disease was a man. This sounds like it may be a third.
He’s dead Jim.
There is a chance in a million or maybe 100 million. There are only a handfull of known survivors.
That said, if God deems to take a hand in saving the good doctor then it probably could be deemed a miracle. God created the virus and put it among us and at this point it seems that He is the only one who might bring the doc through it because he certainly hasn’t yet revealed any cure to man.
Dr. Who has Ebola! Bloody hell.
I will pray for his health, but it was not wise for he and his wife to keep the children in that country while this was rapidly unfolding. Now, some Americans are left wondering if they have been likewise exposed by this doctor during the long plane rides. The worry is changing into panic as was the case during the first years of the Aids crisis. We still don’t know how bad the most current epidemic will go before the numbers of infected people start to level off or drop.
He caught it on Androzani and there was only enough medicne for Peri...
Not incurable. This outbreak has 55% mortality. Source -> http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/29/5946455/two-americans-in-west-africa-have-ebola-why-arent-they-coming-home .
The thing that always comes to mind in instances like this, is what kind of care are the people over there getting, as compared to what someone in the U. S. would get?
Would our people have access to better antibiotics? Would we give lipids and dietary supplements? Would we give certain peripheral drugs that aren’t being given in Africa?
Would we get better lab results, so we would know exactly what we were fighting, and what meds were most effective in a more timely basis?
I would have to think the mortality rate in the U. S. would be better than that in Africa, but I’m not convinced of it.
I’ve got to think his wing of the hospital is bigger on the inside.
of course. prayer can make a huge difference.
stats show 10% survival rate.
The thing I wonder about if a doctor can’t protect himself from this horrid disease......... what possible chance do the rest of us have?
Here the doctor would be suited up. At least that’s my take on it. I’m not sure how it is transmitted. If suiting up would help, it would be done.
I know that these people mean well when they go over to Africa and third world nations. I know that they take a hit personally to do it. It seems to me they expose themselves to real danger when they do it, especially with something like this.
If you want to do that as a single person, I’m all for it. When you have a spouse and two small children, not so much.
I don’t believe in exposing the family unit to that type of a hit. You have a responsibility to those kids, as well as your wife.
So while I admire what this guy was trying to do, I’m not exactly a big supporter of what he was willing to risk to do it.
According to articles I have read, a medical colleague in the U.S. he has been in touch with says he was “exhausted” when he contracted the virus. Sadly, the stress and the long hours he worked caring for his patients may make his immune system less able to fight the disease. He does need prayers.
My concern with the situation is with his family who was with him as recently as a few days before he became symptomatic. They are now back in Texas and are not quarantined. Word from Health Officials in Texas is that the virus is not contagious prior to the onset of symptoms. I am skeptical of this information as typically viruses are frequently contagious before symptoms occur... think of chicken pox for example. The incubation period is 2-21 days for Ebola. That leaves much time for his unfortunate family to interact with many people in Texas before they show symptoms. These people in turn could potentially interact with many more people... etc. This is how epidemics begin.
In my educated opinion, while it was and is a noble thing for this doctor to minister to the ill in Africa it was misguided for him not to send his family home once the outbreak began. In keeping them there with him, he may have inadvertently brought this virus to North America.
He let 50 million people get killed in WWII because of free will. Also, I know that all things work together for the good, however ugly it may be. That is, if men use free will to kill one another, that obviously is not the desire of God, but He can take that and turn it into good, such as liberating the world and ridding the world of the infection of Nazism.
All things are in His control and prayer can move His hand to change events. He is sovereign but He is willing to listen and be moved by the prayers of the righteous.
awful! That’s the first thing that passed my mind also after reading the headline.
I too am praying.....that he will be restored, healed fully.
There are those who have survived this.......
Not to mention that it appears that Dr. Who has Ebola.
MONROVIA, LIBERIAOne of Liberias most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, a government official said Sunday, as an American doctor was treated in the West African country after contracting the disease, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat the spread of the deadly virus.
Dr. Samuel Brisbane is the first Liberian doctor to die in an outbreak the World Health Organization says has killed 129 people in Liberia, and more than 670 in several West African countries. A Ugandan doctor working in the country died earlier this month.
Dr. Kent Brantly, an American helping respond to the outbreak in Liberia, is receiving intensive medical treatment there after he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus, a spokeswoman for aid organization Samaritans Purse said. Brantly was in stable condition, talking with his doctors and working on his computer while receiving care, she said.
I wish him well and without doubt he is a very good man, bordering on a saint to go to Africa to help the poor, but it’s kind of like being a mountain climber. He chose to pursue a very, very dangerous (although noble) “career” with a high probability of something bad happening.
I think it would have been much safer and just as noble to help the poor within his own country.
1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.
2 The Lord protects and preserves them
they are counted among the blessed in the land
he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.
God also promises protection from the plague in Psalm 91.
I wondered about that too. It's only a matter of time, one would think. A 21-day incubation period leaves too much room for error. Wish the TX health people quarantined the family "just in case."
Because that’s what missionaries do.
Initially, he wasn’t there to work with this contagion, he was working in a missionary hospital.....and answered the call for help.
Missionaries take their children to the mission field.....or have children while in the mission field.
Billy Graham’s wife was brought up in China....in the 1920’s
Jim Elliot and his wife, Elizabeth had their daughter while in New Guinea.
I've read that the survival rate is somewhere in the vicinity of 5%.Not very good odds surely.But if he's getting expert care one might think that his chances are better than that.
Good grief....they’re making it sound like Ebola is the Calcutta Plague.
If you think for a moment you'll realize that that's an inadequate analogy.Others don't benefit from the work of mountain climbers.Yes,he certainly would have realized that there was risk involved but then soldiers and firemen,among others,know of the risks before signing up.
Agree, I wish they had quarantined the family as well. Why didn’t they? My guesses are as follows:
1. to prevent panic in the U.S.
2. to protect the family from being ostracized...after all their names are now in the press
3. because they are functioning on the “hope” that the disease is not communicable when asymptomatic, this disturbs me in this context because while CDC seems certain it is the case, they are unable to explain how he contracted the disease in the first place.
There are two men and one woman....all Americans, with the disease.
One of the men...(not sure of his status there) was actually allowed to board a commercial airline.....got sick in flight.and started throwing up..(I don’t think he had anything to do with mission work)....they landed him in Lagos, Nigeria and he died......He leaves a family in Minnesota.
Kent, the doctor, is from Texas.....
And there’s another missionary, a woman.....who has been in the mission field 20 years.....I don’t know where she’s from.
A few years ago the local newspaper published a letter my Grandfather had written to the paper back in 1918. One thing which caught my attention was he mentioned how sad it was for so many of his friends back home to have died.
It was a few days later that it hit me. The Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 was what he was talking about.
I agree, blessings to him and his family. But I have to ask am I the only one that wondered how Doctor Who contracted the disease and what was he doing in Africa, and where is the Tardis?
You just made my point. If you make dangerous decisions, climbing a mountain, fireman, soldier, etc. there are dangerous consequences. I noted the nobility in his actions in my post but dangerous is dangerous. Your error was taking my analogy out of context...
Damn! I knew I would be late to the party.