Transcript for 2 Americans Who Were Hospitalized With Ebola Are Released
We begin with the stunning and wonderful return to life of two Americans infected with the deadly ebola virus. Tonight, declared cured. Leaving the hospital in Georgia. And these two pictures say it all. Dr. Kent Brantly, high-fiving his medical team today. It was 20 days after this image. Brantly getting out of the ambulance and walking into that hospital. He and the medical workers, sealed in protective suits. And we are tackling questions of recovery and contagion with our Dr. Richard Besser. But first, ABC's Steve osunsami, who has been covering this story from day one, helps live the drama of this day. Reporter: For a missionary who nearly died after contracting ebola, there was good reason, today, for the cheers and applause. Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive. On Wednesday, July 23rd, I woke up feeling under the weather. And then, my life took an unexpected turn as I was diagnosed with ebola virus disease. Reporter: A nervous but healthy-looking Dr. Kent Brantly stepped in front of cameras with his wife. And then, he hugged every member of his medical team, who had to work in productive suits and bubbles but weren't at all worried today. After nearly three weeks here, the doctors say he's cured. And now, even immune to the virus now responsible for more than 1,300 deaths in west Africa. God saved my life. A direct answer to thousands and thousands of prayers. I'm incredibly thankful to all of those who were involved in my care, from the first day of my illness, all the way up to today. Reporter: Families were praying for both he and his co-worker, Nancy writebol, seen here working at his Liberian field hospital. It took a rescue mission to fly them stateside when they were sick. And they both received an experimental drug. Writebol was discharged Tuesday. There was ongoing testing and ongoing feedback from the results. So, I feel extremely confident that these patients pose no public threat whatsoever. Reporter: Nancy writebol's son tells us he has no concern. His mom is doing better. She is doing well. She's trying to get the strength back she had before getting the virus. Reporter: The missionaries say the focus needs to remain on Liberia. Police in riot gear have quarantined 50,000 people in a hard-hit shantytown. Late today, we heard from the Brantly family's church in ft. Worth, Texas. They say Dr. Brent live will be overwhelmed with the number O people who want to hug him. Diane? No doubt about that. Thanks so much, Steve. We turn to ABC's chief medical editor, Dr. Rich Besser. On the question of contagion. They tested but how are they sure it's not contagious anymore? They would not have found any virus in the blood and in the urine. The one recommendation that health officials make is to use condoms for about three months after infection. They should be free in the community without spreading this disease. That is standard. And the whole news about immunity. Now, they are immune? That means they can go back and help their patients without risk? They're immune to this strain of ebola. That's terrific news about providing care for people. People who have recovered can be care-givers. Is there a vaerdict on the experimental drug they were Guinn? I'm skeptical, given how fast they say it worked. They need to do a study to find out, does it help? Does it hurt? Does it make any difference? Before rushing to judgment that it was a miracle. Thank you so much,
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