FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — Kent Brantly, a Fort Worth doctor working in Monrovia, Liberia, has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus.
It is one of the most lethal viruses on the planet.
Sunday his church members gathered to pray for Brantly’s healing.
Brantly is a member of Southside Central Church of Christ.
He told church members that he is in good spirits, and despite having a fever, he is in stable condition.
Dr. Brantly’s church members said he had always expressed a desire to help others though medicine.
“He trained here and became a family practice doctor and had always expressed the intention to go into the mission field,” said fellow parishioner Kent Smith.
In October of last year, Brantly moved to Africa with his family to work for the humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse.
This June, he volunteered to head the Ebola center and worked directly with patients.
But Wednesday, Brantly noticed he had symptoms of the disease he was treating and notified his team. He immediately began aggressive treatment.
He is now stable according to Melissa Strickland of Samaritan’s Purse.
“He has those body aches but he is sitting up; he is working on his computer; he is interacting with our team as they go treat him.”
According to the World Health Organization, the virus has spread more aggressively in West African nations than ever before.
The fatality rate in Liberia is 60%, according to Samaritan’s Purse.
But family and friends back here in North Texas have faith Brantly will pull through.
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