Ebola Patient Reunites with Husband Through Isolation Glass at Emory

Nancy Writebol contracted the deadly virus while working in Liberia.

August 18, 2014, 10:57 AM

— -- Nancy Writebol, one of two American Ebola patients, was reunited with her husband Sunday, sharing a tender moment through the isolation glass at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

“We both placed our hands on opposite sides of the glass, moved with tears to look at each other again,” David Writebol said in a statement. “She was standing with her radiant smile, happy beyond words.”

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Nancy Writebol was working for the aid group SIM in Liberia when she contracted the virus, which has killed 1,145 people in West Africa. She was evacuated to Atlanta Aug. 5, shortly after the other American Ebola patient, Dr. Kent Brantly.

David Writebol returned from Liberia a week ago but was placed under quarantine in North Carolina out of an abundance of caution. Since he has not shown any symptoms of the virus since his wife’s diagnosis three weeks ago, he was cleared to visit her in Atlanta.

“She is continuing to slowly gain strength, eager for the day when the barriers separating us are set aside, and we can simply hold each other,” he said.

Brantly, who is also recovering at Emory University Hospital, said he is “continuing to heal.”

“I hold on to the hope of a sweet reunion with my wife, children and family in the near future,” he said in a statement Friday.

Both Brantly and Writebol received the experimental serum known as ZMapp.

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