Plane departs to bring second American Ebola patient back to US
A Phoenix air jet is en route to pick up the second American Ebola virus patient, a U.S. official told ABC News.
The official said the private air ambulance left Sunday and will arrive in Liberia after one stopover.
The plane will then bring Charlotte missionary Nancy Writebol to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga. It is expected to land Tuesday afternoon.
Dr. Kent Brantly arrived in Georgia in the same plane on Saturday and is undergoing treatment at Emory University Hospital.
Writebol will also be treated at that same hospital after she arrives in the U.S., according to authorities. Officials said they will be treated in an isolation unit.
There, physicians say they have a better chance to steer them to health while ensuring the virus doesn’t spread — the last point nodding to public fears, notably expressed on social media, that the disease could get a U.S. foothold.
The plane, also equipped with a unit meant to isolate the patient, was able to take only one patient at a time.
Brantly’s wife, parents and sister cried when they saw him on CNN, walking from the ambulance into the hospital.