American doctor with Ebola walks into Emory Hospital

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ATLANTA, Ga. - 10:21 a.m. Tuesday: The Ebola patient walked out of the ambulance with assistance and into Emory University Hospital. 

9:20 a.m. Tuesday: Plane carrying American doctor with Ebola lands at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The doctor will be taken to Emory University Hospital.

 


Emory University Hospital confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that the hospital will treat a patient exposed to the Ebola virus.

The hospital said they learned Monday a patient with Ebola virus infection will be brought to its isolation unit. The patient is being transported by air ambulance from Sierra Leone, according to a statement by Emory.

The patient is expected to arrive Tuesday morning. Emory said in a statement that the exact arrival time of the patient is unknown at this time.

“We are bound by patient confidentiality and have no information regarding the status of the incoming patient,” Emory said in a statement.

The isolation unit will be the same facility from which two patients were recently treated and discharged

Inside, the room is a single bed and a window. The door is marked with an orange biohazard warning with a dry erase board bearing the message “Welcome home. We're glad you're here.”

Dr. Kent Brantly and American aid worker Nancy Writebol contracted the disease in Liberia while working with the faith-based charity Samaritan’s Purse.

They arrived at Emory on Aug. 2 and Aug. 4 and were taken to isolation units.

"I remain hopeful and believing that Kent will be healed from this dreadful disease," Brantly's wife, Amber, said in a statement released by Samaritan's Purse in August. She and the couple's two young children left Liberia for Texas before her husband was infected, but were not infected themselves.

Three weeks later, Emory announced that her wish had come true. Brantly was released and Emory announced that Writebol had already been discharged.

They had recovered from the virus and Emory officials ensured the two were not a threat to the general public.

According to Emory officials, they were the first Ebola patients to ever be treated at an institution in the United States.