Omaha, NE, United States (4E) – University of Massachusetts doctor Richard A. Sacra, the third American stricken with Ebola while treating patients in Liberia, is flying home for treatment.
Sacra walked onto a plane taking him to the U.S. with the help of a doctor and he is in very good spirits, Sacra’s wife, Debbie, said at a news conference Thursday, according to ABC News.
The 51-year-old Sacra is expected to arrive at Offutt Air Force Base Friday morning and Omaha Fire Department personnel will then take him to the Nebraska Medical Center (NMC).
Mayor Jean Stothert and Fire Chief Bernie Kanger said Thursday the transport of Sacra to the hospital poses no risk to the firemen and the public.
NMC officials said Sacra will be confined at the biocontainment unit, the largest of its kind in the U.S. and one of only four in the country designed to handle patients with highly contagious disease like Ebola.
NMC doctors and staff are prepared to deal with Ebola patients, said University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold.
Sacra contracted Ebola at Monrovia’s ELWA Hospital, where two American health workers also were infected with the hemorraghic disease earlier. Sacra was not treating Ebola patients and an investigation is still ongoing as to how he got infected.
Sacra went to Liberia last month as a volunteer doctor for Serving in Mission (SIM), a missionary group. The other American who contracted Ebola at ELWA Hospital in July was Nancy Writebol and she is also a SIM missionary.
Getting infected with Ebola around the same time as Writebol was Dr. Kent Brantley, a missionary of Samaritan’s Purse. Brantley and Writebol were flown to Atlanta for treatment last month and both survived and have been discharged.
More than 3,700 people have been infected with the deadly virus since March and 1,900 of them died, according to the World Health Organization.