Charlotte missionary with Ebola to leave Liberia Tuesday

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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberian officials say an American woman sick with Ebola soon will leave the West African country and arrive in the United States early Tuesday.

Nancy Writebol, a missionary nurse who had been treating Ebola patients while working in a Liberian hospital, will be the second American repatriated with Ebola.

American doctor Kent Brantly is undergoing treatment in Atlanta, after arriving at Emory University Hospital on Saturday.

Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown said the second evacuation plane is expected to leave West Africa between at 1 a.m. and 1.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Samaritan's Purse released the following statement on Sunday regarding Dr. Kent Brantly:

We praise God for the news that Kent's condition is improving. We can confirm that Kent was able to receive a dose of the experimental serum prior to leaving Liberia. Please continue to pray for Kent, the people of Liberia, and all those who are serving there in Jesus' Name.

Amber Brantly, Kent's wife released the following statement Sunday:

Our family is rejoicing over Kent's safe arrival, and we are confident that he is receiving the very best care. We are very grateful to the staff at Emory University Hospital, who have been so nice and welcoming to us. I was able to see Kent today. He is in good spirits. He thanked everyone for their prayers and asked for continued prayer for Nancy Writebol's safe return and full recovery.

Nancy Writebol's son says he is "cautiously optimistic" about his mother's condition.

Jeremy Writebol spoke to his father, David, Sunday morning and reports Nancy is "weak, but fighting" at the mission's hospital in Liberia.

Nancy is able to sit up, walk a little, and eat food, said Jeremy. He and his father see those as positive signs and can't wait for her to return to the U.S.

"This last week has stretched out to feel like a month already at least," said Jeremy. "We know that mom is in the care of The Lord -- she is in the best hands possible right now – so that really helps sustain us, helps my dad and my mom, through this trial."

Jeremy Writebol said he plans to go to Atlanta to see his mom when she arrives. His first words to her? "I love you," he said.

There is no cure for the Ebola virus, which causes hemorrhagic fever that kills at least 60 percent of the people it infects in Africa. At least 729 people have died in West Africa this year.


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