CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nancy Writebol is holding steady and looking forward to her trip back to the United States, said her pastor Saturday.
"She's holding her own," said Dr. John Munro, Senior Pastor at Calvary Church, where Writebol and her husband are members. "She smiles at her husband, is able to get up sometimes by herself, go to the restroom, take a little food, and of course -- to make sure she is hydrated -- that is very, very key."
Writebol's colleague, Dr. Kent Bradly, returned to the U.S. Saturday aboard a plane with special equipment to contain the virus. He climbed out of an ambulance in a protective suit and walked, with help, into Emory University Hospital.
The same plane will bring Writebol to the same hospital within the next few days, said SIM, the missionary group Writebol is with.
Munro speaks to Writebol's husband, David often. David is with Nancy, and reads to her from the Bible even though they are kept separated by a barrier. The two will separate when Nancy makes the return trip to the U.S. No date has been announced for David's return.
Munro said the couple is grateful to return to the U.S.
"They are so thankful for this opportunity which has been provided," said Munro, "and Nancy obviously looks forward to that."
Munro understands not everyone supports bringing Ebola patients to the U.S. for care, but have confidence in the medical staffs and believe it will be done safely. He also believes Nancy Writebol wouldn't put others at risk, and would refuse to leave if she thought she could infect others.
"I can understand people's fears," said Munro, "and if there were any possibility that through Nancy this virus would spread to others, she certainly would not come home."