Emory Ebola patient to be released today

Emory Ebola patient to be released today

August 21st, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

An ambulance arrives with Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly, right, to Emory University Hospital, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Atlanta.

An ambulance arrives with Ebola victim Dr. Kent...

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Mike Morris

Emory University Hospital officials have scheduled a news conference for late Thursday morning to discuss the impending release of the two Ebola patients who were transferred to the facility earlier this month.

Channel 2 Action News reported that one of those patients, Dr. Kent Brantly, will make a statement at the 11 a.m. press conference, and that Emory officials will also give updates on the second patient, missionary Nancy Writebol.

Brantly is expected to leave the hospital with his family following the news conference, according to Channel 2.

Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, the humanitarian organization Brantly and Writebol were working with, issued a statement early Thursday, saying, "Today, I join all of our Samaritan's Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly's recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital."

Brantly was transferred from Liberia to Emory on August 2, and Writebol arrived two days later. The two were infected while working in a missionary clinic outside Liberia's capital.