INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Kent Brantly beat Ebola but that seemed unlikely when he contracted the disease last year.
He knew the risks and recognized the symptoms because he had treated so many others who had the virus. “I think that contributed in large part to the anxiety that I dealt with, the fear of being alone. It was real. It was difficult,” said Brantly
Now, he and his wife, Amber, have a book titled ‘Called for Life’. They said they know this survival story inspired so many people.
“The more of the stories we heard, the more responsibility we felt to really share our full story, to share our story in a deeper way so that that impact might be multiplied,” said Brantly.
He said writing the book was in a lot of ways, a therapeutic process. The writer working with the couple asked questions that the other had not heard or a little detail that they didn’t know. It was a perspective that the other hadn’t seen before and it was emotional for them.
Dr. Brantly doesn’t remember all of the details of his illness. It’s enough to know that, at one point, he was considered nearly an hour away from death. “I was OK with dying,” he said. “I was aware that this could be it.”
Amber Brantly told reporters on Tuesday that they don’t regret the decision to go to Liberia.
“We knew that it was right that we were there and that Kent stayed to fight Ebola, and when you do the right thing and you’re convicted in your heart about it, then you can’t help but have peace about it because it was the right thing,” said Amber.
They’re both still committed to serving as medical missionaries. They don’t know whether that will be Liberia again, or somewhere else.
Ebola is not a factor in that decision because they said other places have potentially deadly conditions but the risks are worth taking.