US Ebola victim back for treatment
AN AMERICAN aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while in Liberia arrived in the United States from West Africa on Saturday and walked into an Atlanta hospital, wearing a bio-hazard suit, for treatment in a special isolation unit.
Television news footage showed three people in white bio-hazard suits step gingerly out of an ambulance. Two of them walked into Emory University hospital, one seeming to lean on the other for support.
Kent Brantly works for Christian organisation Samaritan's Purse. A second infected member of the group, missionary Nancy Writebol, will be brought to the US on a later flight, as the medical aircraft is equipped to carry only one patient at a time.
Dr Brantly is a 33-year-old father of two young children. Ms Writebol is a 59-year-old mother of two.
The patients will be able to see loved ones through a plate-glass window and speak to them by phone or intercom.
Although social media sites have been replete with misgivings about Emory's plan (notably by real estate mogul Donald Trump), many people at the hospital said it did not bother them.
"There is a little bit of worry," Jenny Kendrix, 46, said of having Dr Brantly brought to the same hospital where her husband is being treated for cancer. But 52-year-old Ernie Surunis, at the hospital for a pharmacy conference, said he was not bothered.
"We can't leave them (in Africa) to die. They went over to help other people," he said.