Atlanta, GA, United States (4E) – The American nurse who contracted Ebola in Liberia while helping treat people infected with the virus in a hospital in Monrovia arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday.
Two aides in bio-hazard suits wheeled Nancy Writebol, 59, to the Emery University Hospital strapped on a stretcher. She was also wearing the same outfit to prevent infecting others.
Writebol, who was weak but in stable condition, will be confined in an isolation unit of the hospital like Dr. Kent Brantly, who arrived earlier also for treatment of the same disease.
Writebol was fetched and flown by the same private ambulance plane that brought Brantly, to the Atlanta hospital on Saturday. The flight lasted overnight and made stops in a Portuguese air base off the coast of Africa and Bangor, Maine to refuel before landing at the Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Atlanta. From the base, Writebol was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
The two were helping treat Liberians infected with Ebola in Monrovia when they also contracted the disease for still unknown reason last month. Brantly works for the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse while Writebol works for the evangelical group Serving in Mission.
An experimental drug for treating Ebola was administered to Brantly and Writebol before they were flown home. The drug helped improved their condition.
Meanwhile, the World Bank announced on Monday it is giving $200 million to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help the countries contain outbreaks of the disease. World Bank president Jim Yong Kim said the money will be used to buy medical supplies, pay healthcare staff, and take care of other priorities to contain the epidemic and try to prevent future outbreaks.
The fund was offered in response to the refusal of healthcare workers in Liberia to report for work due to lack of protection from the virus and equipment.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 887 people since March.