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Gratitude Expressed

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:07 am

[guest post by Dana]

Dr. Kent Brantley was released from Emory University Hospital yesterday. In his statement to the press, he eloquently expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the many people involved in his recovery, as well as God for seeing him through this ordeal. It was a good reminder to me that there is something greater than mere mortal man at work in this universe and that all is not random chaos and luck of the draw. I was also reminded that for the believer whose life is hidden in Christ, no matter the circumstances being faced, it is possible to more than endure with and because of grace. To the faithful like Dr. Brantley, to live is Christ, to die is gain becomes a profoundly real truth as it is worked out in their lives.

“Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family. As a medical missionary, I never imagined myself in this position. When my family and I moved to Liberia last October to begin a two-year term working with Samaritan’s Purse, Ebola was not on the radar. We moved to Liberia because God called us to serve the people of Liberia.

“In March, when we got word that Ebola was in Guinea and had spread to Liberia, we began preparing for the worst. We didn’t receive our first Ebola patient until June, but when she arrived, we were ready. During the course of June and July, the number of Ebola patients increased steadily, and our amazing crew at ELWA Hospital took care of each patient with great care and compassion. We also took every precaution to protect ourselves from this dreaded disease by following MSF and WHO guidelines for safety.

“After taking Amber and our children to the airport to return to the States on Sunday morning, July 20, I poured myself into my work even more than before—transferring patients to our new, bigger isolation unit; training and orienting new staff; and working with our Human Resources officer to fill our staffing needs. Three days later, on Wednesday, July 23, I woke up feeling under the weather, and then my life took an unexpected turn as I was diagnosed with Ebola Virus Disease. As I lay in my bed in Liberia for the following nine days, getting sicker and weaker each day, I prayed that God would help me to be faithful even in my illness, and I prayed that in my life or in my death, He would be glorified.

Above all, I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life and am glad for any attention my sickness has attracted for the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic. Please continue to pray for Liberia and the people of West Africa, and encourage those in positions of leadership and influence to do everything possible to bring this Ebola outbreak to an end. Thank you.”

It is likely that because of Dr. Brantley’s contraction of Ebola (and subsequent recovery), more attention has been and will continue to be given to working on a vaccine, which in turn could lead to a slowdown and even eventual eradication of Ebola outbreaks. Full circle.


13 Responses to “Gratitude Expressed”

  1. Good morning.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  2. Now that he’s immune, is he going back to Liberia?

    Sammy Finkelman (3ba0b7)

  3. Well said Dana.

    Vivian Louise (9cfa92)

  4. Sammy, I am not sure enough is known to be certain he is immune. I doubt if anyone has willingly been exposed to Ebola a second time, and even if so, the numbers would be few. Animal models are just that, models.
    But I agree with the question. Though we don’t know how debilitated he is and how long it may take to get to pre-illness stamina levels.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  5. For those who claim religion is the bane of society, they should look at the good volunteers such as Dr. Brantley are doing in this world. Dr. Brantley was there not for the money or glory. He was there out of the idealistic purpose of helping those who need help. Those are Christian ideals.

    Corky Boyd (f38e2c)

  6. his first duty now is to knock up his wife and anyone he might have on the side

    natural selection doesn’t just happen you know

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  7. A lively witness to Christ is a wonderful thing to behold. Thanks for the post, Dana!

    felipe (b5e0f4)

  8. MD in Philly (f9371b) — 8/22/2014 @ 6:54 am

    But I agree with the question. Though we don’t know how debilitated he is and how long it may take to get to pre-illness stamina levels.

    They are also saying he may still be contagious – to his wife. He is not considered a danger to anybody in the street, but he is considered a possible danger to somebody very close to him. im

    They have advised him to refrain from intercourse with his wife for another seven weeks. Ebola has also been said to have found in semen for up to three months after recovery (or infection?)although they are not sure what they detect could transmit the disease. I am not sure what they would vbe detecting, if they can’t find it in blood.

    So it might be too soon.

    After that, while he might not be the world’s best expert on ebola, they have agreat shortage of doctors, and he does know something, and it’s dafer for him (although they think he got infect3d, not from a known patient, but someone who worked i the hospital who had not yet been diagnosed)

    Sammy Finkelman (3ba0b7)

  9. Ann Coulter is not amused.

    Leviticus (474f8b)

  10. I thought about her when writing this post, Leviticus. I hope she reconsiders her views of Brantley rethinks what God’s call to service means, and is provided with an opportunity outside of her comfort zone to serve. A generous heart is amazing thing.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  11. 9. Ann Coulter is not amused.

    Leviticus (474f8b) — 8/22/2014 @ 6:51 pm

    Maybe if Dr. Brantley repents and sticks around to assist with the domestic culture wars, Ann will prove to be more forgiving.

    Steve57 (99bd31)

  12. Just to be clear, Ann Coulter is not the poster child for religious intolerance.

    …The donation was the largest in the hospital’s history, and will presumably create a fair number of new nursing jobs. So why are the usual suspects up in arms? Well, the agitators were apparently agitated because this particular hospital didn’t need all the money. Oh yeah, and because it was International Women’s Day, and the Kochs are the primary funders of the “war on women’s reproductive rights … and many other issues of concern to American women.” They’re also behind “the effort to defeat and repeal healthcare to all Americans,” whatever that means.

    …Just to be clear: Kallos is a sitting city council member who attended a protest against the addition of a new hospital care center in the neighborhood he represents because … Koch brothers!

    Not by a long shot.

    Steve57 (99bd31)

  13. It is a passive-aggressive god who gives you ebola so you can appreciate being cured…

    carlitos (c24ed5)

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