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Ebola survivor Writebol speaks publicly for first time

(WXIA) -- Two weeks after being released from Emory University Hospital, Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol spoke publicly for the first time about her ordeal.

Writebol, who was diagnosed while volunteering for aid groups SIM USA and Samaritan's Purse in Liberia, thanked everyone who took care of her and prayed for her. At her side the entire time was her husband, David.

"It was God's calling for me to be in Liberia," she said about her volunteer work. "It was a joy to be there."


Originally, Writebol said she was diagnosed and treated for malaria for several days before learning both she and Dr. Kent Brantly had Ebola on the same day.

"We didn't ask for this. We didn't choose it. We recognized and saw God through all of it though," David Writebol said.

The two patients were flown to Atlanta from West Africa after contracting the disease. They were treated in Emory's specialized unit and received supportive care aimed at keeping them hydrated and stable.

"One question I have been asked by many people, I want to answer," Writebol said. "Most of you know I took ZMapp – the question is usually asked what do you think saved you? Was it ZMapp drug? Was it supportive care? Was it US health/medical people? Docs, nurses? OR was it your faith? My answer to that question is all of the above."