SIM 'excited' to see Nancy Writebol released from hospital

Charlotte Ebola patient out of Atlanta hospital

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The missionary organization that Nancy Writebol served says it's happy that she's finally Ebola free.

SIM has missionaries all over the world, but they're based in southwest Charlotte, on a big 60 acre campus back off of Carowinds Boulevard. And Thursday, the people here were happy that Nancy Writebol appears to have beaten what is by all accounts a horrific disease.

"What a great day," said SIM president Bruce Johnson. "It's hard to believe that three weeks ago, Nancy Writebol was diagnosed with the Ebola virus. Two weeks ago she flew into Atlanta on a special aircraft and entered Emory hospital. And this Tuesday, she walked out of that same hospital."

Johnson isn't saying where Nancy and her husband David are getting rest, only that they need a lot of it.

"In talking to Nancy, her voice sounded good, but in talking to David, he said that Nancy is very weak," said Johnson. "It just takes a lot out of you."

SIM says they've noticed an uptick in giving since Nancy Writebol came down with Ebola, but the travel and treatment have been expensive. "It's in the high six figure range of what we've already expended over the last three weeks," said Johnson.

And as for a decision to go back to Liberia, the Writebols say they haven't made a decision.

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"I know that their heart [says] we want to be able to go back. It might be Liberia, it might be another location, but they want to serve and continue to serve in their calling.

Emory hospital doctors in Atlanta have declared Writebol Ebola free, meaning she's not a threat to public health -- amazing when you consider that Ebola kills 60 to 90 percent of the people who come down with it. Johnson hopes Nancy Writebol's story is encouraging news for other SIM workers in Liberia still fighting the disease.


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