By Ken Molestina

ABILENE (CBS 11) — For the first time since he was diagnosed then cleared of Ebola, Fort Worth doctor Kent Brantley is speaking publicly to crowds in Texas.

Dr. Brantley, and his wife Amber were hosted at Abilene Christian University in Abilene on Friday. The couple held several meet and greet events with students and the community.

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Both the Brantley’s are ACU graduates and have strong ties to Abilene so they saw it fitting to speak candidly to crowds there that prayed for Dr. Brantley’s recovery.

Dr. Brantley referenced his faith in god and his deep rooted Christian beliefs as one of the main factors that helped in his recovery.

Even when he was near death he said he reminded himself: “I hear the words nothing can separate us from the love of god and that’s what I needed in that moment.”

He described Ebola as a horrible and humiliating disease that strips victims of their dignity as it kills them. It was in that spirit that he offered his condolences to the family of Thomas Duncan, the first U.S. diagnosed Ebola patient who died from the disease earlier this week.

Dr. Brantley said, “I am heart-broken for him.”

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He shared his message of hope and faith with the packed crowd at the Moody Coliseum on the ACU campus, and also made poignant remarks about the global reaction the Ebola.

He added, “We’re spending too much time and panicking… instead of doing what’s important and seeking a solution to this global problem.”

When asked what is next for him and his family, Dr. Brantley simply replied “We don’t know.”

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