Atlanta, GA, United States (4E) – The private air ambulance that brought home an American doctor infected with Ebola from Liberia on Saturday is taking off Sunday to fetch the other American aid worker stricken with the deadly virus from the West African country.
The Gulfstream jet fitting with an isolation chamber is expected to be back in the U.S. on Tuesday to bring Nancy Writebol to the Emory University Hospital (EUH) for treatment, a U.S. official said, according to ABC News. The plane will land at Atlanta’s Dobbins Air Reserve Base, where an ambulance will take the patient to the EUH.
Meanwhile, the first American infected with Ebola to be brought home, Dr. Kent Brantly, is reportedly improving in his condition, Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told NBC’s “Meet the Press.
A video footage of Brantly’s arrival at the EUH showed him getting off from an ambulance and walking to an entrance of the hospital with assistance from an aide. Both were wearing bio suits.
There is no treatment for Ebola infection and doctors at the EUH’s isolation unit are just providing supportive therapy such as balancing the patient’s fluids and electrolytes, monitoring vital signs and treating any additional infections.
Brantly is a volunteer from the Samaritan’s Purse while Writebol is a volunteer from the Serving in Mission. Both were helping treat Ebola patients at a Liberian hospital when they contracted the virus and fell ill last month.
More than 700 out of 1,300 people infected with Ebola have died in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where an outbreak of the disease started in March.