ATLANTA, Ga. (WISH) – Indianapolis native Dr. Kent Brantly arrived at Emory Hospital in Atlanta on Saturday after contracting Ebola in Liberia.
Brantly started his work in Liberia last fall and has been dedicated to treating those suffering with Ebola.
Brantly was baptized at Southeastern Church of Christ in Indianapolis. The church now has a sign that says “Pray for Kent.”
The congregation has been praying for Brantly long before he was diagnosed with Ebola one week ago. Last summer, Brantly returned to the church from Texas to talk about why he had chosen to take his medical career to Liberia.
In the sermon, he said it was about much more than medical care and helping needy communities.
Here are a few excerpts from that sermon by Dr. Kent Brantly:
“After I decided to pursue a medical education, God took the reigns and nothing since then has gone how I expected.”
“On difficult days, when I want to give up or when I wonder if I’ve made the right decision, retelling my story reminds me of how God has brought me to where I am”
“As I dream about what that will look like in the years to come, my heart leaps with joy knowing that He has called me.”
Now that Brantly has survived the flight and is back in the United States, he will be quarantined at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, in a much more stable environment than where he would have been in Liberia.
His wife, Amber Brantly, released the following statement on Saturday:
“It was a relief to welcome Kent home today. I spoke with him, and he is glad to be back in the U.S. I am thankful to God for his safe transport and for giving him the strength to walk into the hospital. Please continue praying for Kent and Nancy–and please continue praying for the people of Liberia and those who continue to serve them there.”