First American Ebola victim to return to US on Saturday

Some concerned over Ebola patients' return to US

The first U.S Ebola victim getting an emergency flight out of Liberia will be in Atlanta by Saturday for treatment.

What's not known at this point is whether local missionary Nancy Writebol will be on the first flight, or if it will be Dr. Kent Brantly, who also has the deadly virus.

Officials with Writebol's Charlotte-based mission group, SIM USA, says she will be in Atlanta no later than early next week and that doctors treating Writebol and Brantly in Liberia will make the determination of who comes home first.

At last check Writebol is in serious but stable condition.

"We pray and trust God for a full recovery," said SIM USA President Bruce Johnson.

Officials say the flights Writebol and Brantly are receiving were arranged by the State Department, and the plane is the equivalent of a flying quarantined hospital room with enough space to transport one patient at a time.

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"This plane is especially equipped with, in essence, a bubble within the airplane area, so in that way it provides all sorts of CDC requirements," Johnson said.

Colleagues are still asking for prayers, but say the emergency flight home for treatment is heartening, and hope it leads to a full recovery.

"The care that they are receiving in Liberia is excellent, but there's something about coming back to the United States that I think will really hearten them and certainly heartens us," Johnson said.

Non-essential SIM workers will come home via normal international flights by the middle of next week.

They've been tested for Ebola, and have been found not to have it.

The Ebola virus has killed hundreds of people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone since March, the largest recorded outbreak of the disease.


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