Nancy Writebol, the second American medical missionary stricken with Ebola virus in Liberia, arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Tuesday after a trans-Atlantic flight in a small jet outfitted with an isolation pod.
ATLANTA -- Nancy Writebol, the second American Ebola patient, was wheeled into Emory University Hospital on a stretcher around 1 p.m. this afternoon.
A chartered evacuation plane carrying Writebol landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base just before 11:30 a.m. The same ambulance used to transport Dr. Kent Brantly brought Writebol to Emory. While Brantly walked into Emory Hospital,Writebol was carried in on a stretcher.
Writebol will be treated in the same isolation unit as Dr. Kent Brantly. Emory's unit is one of only four in the country specifically designed for diseases such as Ebola.
Writebol wokred at the same West African medical facility as Brantly, treating Ebola vicitms. Writebol worked in a decontamination unit.
Around 8:15 this morning the medical charter landed in Bangor to refuel. An Associated Press reporter saw the four-vehicle convoy that arrived at Monrovia's airport early Tuesday. The chartered plane took off at 1:12 a.m. Liberian time (about 9:12 p.m. in Atlanta).
Nancy Writebol, of Charlotte, is in serious condition, according to Samaritan's Purse, a North Carolina charity. Writebol was in Liberia working on behalf of the faith group Service in Mission. The charity is paying for both Writebol and Brantly's travel and medical care.
The World Health Organization says death toll from Ebola has grown from 729 to 887 in recent days, in four West African countries.
Binyah Kesselly, the chairman of the Liberia Airport Authority's board of directors, told The Associated Press that the plane arrived late Monday afternoon in Monrovia.
Writebol's son, Jeremy, said his mother "is still struggling" but that "there seems to be improvement" and that the family is optimistic she will recover amid a spreading Ebola outbreak. She received a dose of an experimental drug, but her body didn't respond as well as Brantly's did. CNN reports that she received a second dose on Sunday and felt well enough to ask for her favorite soup.
Once Nancy Writebol is finally admitted into an isolation ward, Jeremy said he knows what his first words will be to her: "I love you," he said. "And then I'm going to encourage her that we know God is good and we trust him."
Both patients will have their own room inside a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. All of the air in that unit is filtered and contained. Lab tests are done inside, and any contaminated materials are cleaned of the virus and incinerated.
A medical aircraft carrying ebola-stricken Nancy Writebol lands in Atlanta, where the American aid worker will be treated at Emory University.