NEW: Nancy Writebol is very weak but has shown signs of improvement
The missionary, who was working in Liberia, has arrived back in the United States
She is only the second known Ebola patient to be treated in the United States
A man in Saudi Arabia who was in Sierra Leone has symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fever
Nancy Writebol’s family says it was making funeral plans for her last week as she lay stricken with Ebola in Liberia amid the disease’s deadliest recorded outbreak.
After an experimental serum and a plane flight, she’s now the second human Ebola patient on U.S. soil, and her relatives think she has a fighting chance.
A medical plane on Tuesday flew Writebol from Liberia to Atlanta, where she was rushed to the same hospital where an American missionary colleague arrived days earlier. Like her, he was sickened by the deadly hemorrhagic disease while on a team caring for Ebola patients in Monrovia.
Writebol was wheeled into Emory University Hospital early Tuesday afternoon on a gurney, wearing a white, full-body protective suit and escorted by two people wearing similar gear.
There, she joins her fellow missionary Dr. Kent Brantly, who became the first Ebola patient ever in the United States on Saturday, for treatment in a special isolation unit. It is one of four of its kind in the United States designed to optimize care for those with highly infectious diseases.