American Nurse with Ebola Arrives at Emory University Hospital

Nancy Writebol arrived for treatment in the U.S. after working as a missionary in Liberia.
11:07 | 08/05/14

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American missionary nurse Nancy rightful being taken into Atlanta's Emory university hospital. Right there on a stretcher just moments ago. This is the final stop in her long journey from West Africa where she was infected with Ebola Virus with stops at a Portuguese air base. Then in -- before landing in a few hours ago just north of the city she was then transported in a secure ambulance from Georgia's dobbins air reached. Reserve base. To Emory where she will be isolated -- treatment now ongoing hello I'm Michelle Franzen in New York -- -- joins her colleague doctor Kent Brantley. Who also became sick while working with Ebola patients in Liberia ABC's -- Gonzales has their story. -- second Ebola patient -- in the US taken on this medical evacuation plane to Atlanta today. Missionary aid worker Nancy why people coming to Emory university hospital for treatment traveling 5000 miles from Liberia where she contracted the disease. Nancy. Is it. Able to walk around and -- really the good news was that her appetite started to return. Her condition and out of her colleague doctor -- Brantley who's also being treated here both said to be improving. Doctors questioning whether an -- Fuhrman to a drug they took in Liberia they have helped. Some experts say regardless they are optimistic about their recovery. The fact that she's asking for her favorite liberian -- is terrific news. Doctors say they're confident the disease won't spread here and they're taking every precaution. The ambulance used to transport both Ebola patients here will be bleached all exposed fabric blankets and sheets will be burned. And both patients are being kept in isolated rooms at this hospital sealed off from anyone not wearing protective suits. At other hospitals around the country the -- is awareness watching out for anyone with possible symptoms. At New York's -- Sinai hospital a patient who recently traveled to the epicenter of the outbreak West Africa now being treated for fever and gastrointestinal problems is in isolation. As a precaution. The first thing we like to stress is that. Odds are this is not -- it's much more like -- it's a much more common condition. And here we're told -- -- fever is going down as his colleague now begins her treatment here. -- Gonzales ABC news -- time. Thanks -- we are joined live now from just outside Emory university hospital in Atlanta. By ABC's airing pictures gave thanks for joining us again -- Can you tell us a little bit more about the kind of welcome -- rightful received at -- we saw her being wheeled inside how long have they been. Hearing -- this safe and secure transition. Well -- in general they've been preparing for years for just this kind of thing is one of only four hospitals in the nation with this kind of an isolation unit but they've had. A little bit of a rehearsal with her colleague Ben Brantley -- now in his third day of receiving treatment here and -- to be improving this -- going down so. The staff this experience at this point and and -- and -- -- but rightful seems to be a little bit of a different case unlike doctor Brantley. -- seem to shocked everyone when he walked into this hospital. Here on Saturday you saw it. Nancy right -- come in on a stretcher so she is not quite as strong it seems even though her family has -- her condition has improved. Aaron what do we know about. The patients' conditions I mean obviously we're watching file video doctor Brantley walked into that. Facility and just moments ago we saw. Rightful being -- that facility do we know any differences in their diagnosis. We don't know specifically because of the family's request. No information is being given out -- -- the laws which prevent. The hospital from giving any specifics but generally we're told that Nancy -- -- isn't quite as strong as doctor Brantley they were each given -- dozer to. Of an experimental drug. And -- their conditions seem to have improved after that doctors aren't sure that's the drug but whether that simply their bodies. Fighting off the infection as best they can and that's really what's going to -- heat. Remember Nancy -- getting better here making. Sure that her vital signs are grieving her blood pressure are all as strong as possible so that her body can fight off be -- and -- now swimming and assistant. And with all of this going on with these two colleagues that it works side by side gives us an idea about the families surrounding them and their support we understand that they've also been -- -- these past 24 hours. They met for just the first time here at the isolation unit last night and we're told they sat together and shared a prayer. Doctor Brantley Stanley has been asking for prayers for Nancy -- And right both Stanley were told was extraordinarily grateful for that and these are our missionaries and and they are the people of deep space. And so their prayers are really helping the families. Get through this awful time within an infection that kills 60% of people who contracted so everybody here it is praying. For the best and that seems to be holding the family together and and for -- Stanley in particular. They were euphoric we're told when they saw him walk into the hospital on Saturday and they've been riding that high for the last several days. Right Paul Stanley has said that her condition is improving she does have an appetite. But as you saw she was brought in on a stretcher so not quite at that level of strength. And we want to bring an ABC's. Doctor Richard -- Who's -- in us also again you watch stash. Right -- was wheeled in on a stretcher what do you think is next for her as this. Sort of triage unit surrounds her now for treatment. Yeah you know I wouldn't read too much into how she was transported -- clearly -- it's a sign that she doesn't have the strength. To -- -- on her own but it may be no more than that you with the with Ebola you can get very dehydrated. You know that she just has come through a very long arduous trip from from Africa. So -- it will be very important listen to their press conference this afternoon when they talk about. Her condition the information that we we've received recently about her and her appetite. Is a very positive sign but it may be that with this illness over the over the past week as she just has as loss the strength. And is now walking for that reason. And you -- the medical officials here you say that there are very capable. This university in particular and also not too far from the CDC gets an idea of what. They are going to be looking for what sort of learning experience could this be for them with this deadly virus. Yeah I mean I just as as disclosure I was on the faculty of Emory and I'd worked for years that the CDC. But I think she's -- a very good place very strong group of infectious disease doctors at at every university. And the CDC's right there are one of the things are clearly -- a look at it -- both of these individuals is how long can they. Isolate if -- -- from from them because they will not want -- release them into the community. -- it until they are comfortable that they pose no risk to to their families or there are those around them. You know doctor -- we've heard of these cases these are isolated cases of course coming back here to Atlanta. Is there any concern widespread publicly here in the US. The Ebola Virus or is it pretty well contained and how it's come here well. I think that -- the the reports we've been hearing. Yesterday today about hospitals. Having patients tested for a bowl of patients who've been to West Africa. This is very good news because what you want to see. Is is a heightened sense of a -- of alert awareness that hospitals ask people who come -- who are sick. If they've traveled if they've been to this area if they've had any possible exposure to people who were -- with a -- Those people are isolated they're tested that's what you really want to see. I would not be surprised if we saw a case of -- -- here or in some other country. Among someone who'd been in the region -- and and the reason for that is. -- being your body for her up to three weeks before you show any symptoms -- -- signs of disease. So someone could travel healthy and then arrive somewhere and get sick. That's why it's good news that people are looking in testing. Can you give us an idea of what sets apart the -- Ebola Virus from other similar. Viruses with the same sentence well this is agreed -- -- this -- -- virus that jumped jumps to people from from and it animal reservoir. And it did. Initially can look like many diseases from the area you present with fever body aches headache. It then moves in -- to cause problems with your liver and kidneys. And in some people it causes internal and external bleeding it. It's a very deadly disease in those who do poorly they they tend to die very quickly. So it's a very good sign that that both of these Americans. Are still with us -- that the words are that they are improving. And -- gave back in Atlantic give us an idea about what you're hearing there are on the streets and neighborhoods are there is there -- big concern. Four people as they deal with this Ebola. Cases coming to their city. We'll be infectious disease experts here at Emery said they were aware. Of some of the concern in the CDC said they heard some of the concern that was expressed. A lot of it on line but but some of -- -- -- you talk to people questioning whether it was the wise idea to bring him although willingly. -- the United States and the CDC has taken this as a moment of education suggests that it is not easily spread. That you can isolate the patient and -- contain the bodily fluids. Burn all of the insides of the ambulance that we use the line the walls of the ambulance and and it can be done safely and now shall only be talking. Family through her -- to last for the foreseeable future. But I have to tell you if there is fear among the community there was also a great deal of curiosity as the ambulance arrived. Right here at the hospital. Many of the doctors the nurses the staff members people on their lunch break came out of the sidewalk. To just catch a glimpse of the motorcade as it drove by there was a multi vehicle convoy this -- was under police escort on like on Saturday with -- doctor Brantley. They said it's just a little bit busier on a weekday -- -- ambulance drove right past the usual ambulance -- by the emergency room and it was specially cordoned off area. Doctor and Nancy rifles taken up into the isolation unit on a stretcher. ABC aired Thursday on -- CNN Atlanta thank you look at this -- doctor Richard -- for joining us. You can keep up with the story in real time by downloading the ABC news happened starring this story for exclusive updates on the go. For now I'm Michelle Franzen in New York.

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