Ebola survivor, Hoosier native speaks at IU School of Medicine commencement

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) — Dr. Kent Brantly a Hoosier doctor who survived the Ebola virus spoke at the Indiana University School of Medicine commencement ceremony on Saturday.

Brantly is a 2009 graduate of the school.

Brantly traveled to  to Liberia, here he and his family moved last October because of his work as a medical missionary for Samaritans Purse. At the time, Ebola wasn’t present in the region. But by June and July, he had a steady stream of Ebola patients.

On July 23, Brantly said he woke up feeling ill. He was later airlifted to Emory University Hospital where he made a full recovery.

“Today is a miraculous day,” Brantly said during a press conference following his release. “I’m thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.”

In December he was honored as part of TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2014. The issue carried five different covers, each featuring an Ebola fighter who worked on the ground in West Africa, including Brantly.

Dr. Brantly has time and time again voiced concern for the people he once served.

On Saturday World Health Organization announced that Liberia is free of Ebola after going 42 days without any new cases.

However, new cases were reported this week in neighboring Sierra Leone and in Guinea, the other two countries hit hardest by Ebola. For this reason, officials said they are cautious about openly celebrating the end of Ebola in Liberia, as the continued presence of the disease in the region means just one sick patient slipping over the border into Liberia could spark a resurgence of cases.

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