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Husband of US Ebola patient surprised by critics


ATLANTA -- The husband of the second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola and returned to the U.S. said he is astonished at the reactions of people who are critical of the couple for putting themselves in danger.

David Writebol, who remains in Liberia, made the comments in a recorded phone conversation with Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. The aid group distributed the recorded call to the media Thursday.

Writebol's wife, Nancy, was the second of two American aid workers to be flown to Atlanta for treatment at Emory University Hospital. She arrived Tuesday and is being treated in a highly specialized isolation unit, along with Dr. Kent Brantly, who arrived Saturday. The two were infected with Ebola while working at a missionary clinic outside Liberia's capital

No surprises yet in treatment of Ebola patients at Emory


ATLANTA – Two American patients continue to fight for their lives at Emory University Hospital.

While they can't give specifics on Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, doctors at Emory say so far there have been no surprises.

Wednesday marked the first full day with the two Ebola patients in Emory Hospital's isolation unit. It's an effort that has involved several layers of Emory Healthcare.

"The whole idea is frequent monitoring, excellent nursing, frequent vital signs, and then treating problems as they arise," said Dr. Jay Varkey of the infectious disease unit.

Adorabable 3-year-old celebrates chemo

Adorabable 3-year-old celebrates chemo

​ATLANTA -- Just days before her third birthday, Peyton Greene of Snellville was diagnosed with A.L.L., Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Five months into her treatment at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Peyton just completed her third round of chemotherapy. Her mother Shannon calls the cancer her little girl is battling, "a dirty, ugly monster." Standing in contrast to the disease, is her precious daughter who she calls her "ray of sunshine."

Last week, when Peyton was hospitalized for her chemotherapy, the nurses gave her a tiara, a boa and a party blower. The video shows that Peyton is all girl and ready to celebrate, even in the middle of battling leukemia.

Peyton's parents say they are very positive about her recovery.

Threats made prior to Ebola patient's arrival in Atlanta


ATLANTA -- There was an increased security presence due to threats made prior to Tuesday's arrival of the second American Ebola patient in Atlanta.

The plane carrying missionary Nancy Writebol landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base just after 11:30 a.m. An ambulance then transported her from the Dobbins to Emory University Hospital.

A number of DeKalb County police set up hours before Writebol's arrival to direct traffic. Other patrol cars took part in a well-orchestrated escort involving the FBI, SWAT team members -- even K9 units.

Clips give insight into America Ebola patients


Two telling clips give more insight into the two American Ebola patients being treated at Emory. There's a video made by the husband of Nancy Writebol, previewing their trip to Liberia. And there's audio of Dr. Kent Brantly himself, giving a sermon this past July about what compelled him to go.

Three months before leaving for Liberia, Brantly told the Southeastern Church of Christ in Indianapolis why he and his family planned to move there.

"For two years, we will live, work, and serve among the people who, until the last 10 years of people, had known nothing but the violence and devastation of war for the past 20 years," Brantly said.

Questions remain about serum used to treat Ebola patient


ATLANTA -- From the CDC to Emory University hospital, health officials are awaiting the transfer of the second American infected with Ebola.

The plane carrying Ebola patient Nancy Writebol will take off from Liberia at roughly 9 p.m. (EDT) Monday night.The flight will go through the night and fly nonstop to Atlanta and Dobbins Air Reserve Base. When she arrives, she will be transported in a critical care unit with a team from Grady EMS leading the way.

Staff at Emory University Hospital now treating patient


ATLANTA, Ga. -- Now that Dr. Kent Brantly has arrived at Emory University Hospital, a team of Doctors and Nurses will work around the clock in a special isolation room to treat the side-effects of the Ebola Virus.

That room is one of only four in the country and part of the reason why Dr. Brantly was brought to Atlanta.

The room was created 12 years ago. It's essentially a mini-hospital, complete with a lab and anything else the medical team will need.

"I can't think of a better place in the world, other than Emory University Hospital to care for this patient," said Dr. Jay Varkey with the Infectious Disease Unit at Emory Hospital.

Word spread last week that the two American citizens infected with the deadly Ebola virus would be coming to Emory University Hospital. But as Dr. Varkey puts it, the team has been training for years.