A missionary who beat the deadly Ebola disease has declared: “God saved my life.”
Dr Kent Brantly – an aid worker for Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia – was flown back to the USA for specialist treatment after contracting the virus, which has claimed over 3,000 lives across West Africa.
Dr Brantly, 33, said, “I am thrilled to be alive. As I lay in my bed in Liberia the following nine days getting sicker and weaker each day, I prayed that God would help me, be faithful even in my illness.
“And I prayed in my life or in my death that he would be glorified. I did not know then, but have learned since that there were thousands, maybe even millions of people around the world praying for me throughout that week and even still today. Through the care of Samaritan’s Purse and the missionary team in Liberia, the use of an experimental drug, and the expertise and resources of the healthcare team at Emory Hospital, God saved my life – a direct answer to thousands and thousands of prayers.
“Above all, I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life and I am glad for any attention my sickness brought to the plight in West Africa amidst this epidemic. Please continue to pray for Liberia and the people of West Africa.”
Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said the organisation was celebrating Dr Brantly’s recovery.
“Today I join all of our Samaritan’s Purse teams around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr Kent Brantly’s recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital,” he said in a statement. I know Dr Brantly and his wonderful family would ask that you please remember and pray for those in Africa battling, treating and suffering from Ebola. Those who have given up the comforts of home to serve the suffering and the less fortunate are in many ways just beginning this battle.
We have more than 350 staff in Liberia, and others will soon be joining them, so please pray for those who have served with Dr Brantly – along with the other doctors, aid workers and organisations that are at this very moment desperately trying to stop Ebola from taking any more lives.”
Meanwhile, Christians across the world are continuing to pray for the disease to stop spreading and vigils and organised fasts have been held in some churches.