THE son of a North Carolina missionary who is fighting the Ebola virus in Liberia says she continues to improve in her battle against the deadly disease.
Nancy Writebol, a missionary from Charlotte working in West Africa to help fight Ebola, was diagnosed with the virus on July 25 and has been receiving care since being isolated in an outbreak that has affected more than 1,200 people in three countries.
Her son, Jeremy Writebol, says she’s fighting through it, and continuing to express a few symptoms, but she’s able to move around on her own and working real hard to get through it.
Writebol’s husband, David, also has been working in Liberia alongside his wife with the aid group Serving in Mission, which maintains a hospital that has been treating Ebola patients.
He has only been allowed to see his wife through a window since she was isolated but has been in regular contact with their son. He has not been diagnosed with Ebola and has been checking his temperature every six hours to monitor any changes. “We’re concerned, but he’s been very healthy right now,” Jeremy said. “As I talked with him last night, he was feeling fine, working hard, and so we just continue to hope and trust for the best in his case and situation. Everything’s been fine, and he’s strong and healthy right now.”
Nancy had been assisting many of the doctors who have been in direct contact with Ebola patients when she was diagnosed, and David also has been working to help the local population. The couple had been in the area for 10 years, serving as missionaries, and David remains positive. One of Writebol’s colleagues, Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, a medical director from Texas for the aid group Samaritan’s Purse, is also fighting for his life against the virus. His condition has worsened in the past 24 hours and can no longer get out of bed.
Officials say there is the possibility of Ebola spreading to the U.S. through an airline passenger, but the possibility of a domestic outbreak is remote.