Dr. Kent Brantley releases statement from hospital bed

Dr. Kent Brantley’s statement:

I am writing this update from my isolation room at Emory University Hospital, where the doctors and nurses are providing the very best care possible. I am growing stronger every day, and I thank God for his mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease. I also want to extend my deep and sincere thanks to all of you who have been praying for my recovery as well as for Nancy and for the people of Liberia and West Africa.

My wife Amber and I, along with our two children, did not move to Liberia for the specific purpose of fighting Ebola. We went to Liberia because we believe God called us to serve Him at ELWA Hospital.

One thing I have learned is that following God often leads us to unexpected places. When Ebola spread into Liberia, my usual hospital work turned more and more toward treating the increasing number of Ebola patients. I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror first-hand, and I can still remember every face and name.

When I started feeling ill on that Wednesday morning, I immediately isolated myself until the test confirmed my diagnosis three days later. When the result was positive, I remember a deep sense of peace that was beyond all understanding. God was reminding me of what He had taught me years ago, that He will give me everything I need to be faithful to Him.

Now it is two weeks later, and I am in a totally different setting. My focus, however, remains the same — to follow God. As you continue to pray for Nancy and me, yes, please pray for our recovery. More importantly, pray that we would be faithful to God’s call on our lives in these new circumstances.

10 Responses to Dr. Kent Brantley releases statement from hospital bed

  1. Joh Wilholt August 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    “And they will know you are Christian by your love”

  2. jackie king August 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    I am glad you are recovering and following God. Jackie King

  3. Christiane August 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    “I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror first-hand, and I can still remember every face and name.

    When I started feeling ill on that Wednesday morning, I immediately isolated myself until the test confirmed my diagnosis three days later. When the result was positive, I remember a deep sense of peace that was beyond all understanding.”

    so beautiful a witness . . . so beautiful

  4. Adewumi Akinwande Wemimo August 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    I thank God for your life!

  5. bobbistowellbrown August 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Praying for a cure!

  6. vayia dedpo August 9, 2014 at 2:02 am #

    so true He gives us everything we need in order to be faithful to Him.

  7. Casey August 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    Amen, and may God bless you and everyone else through the faithfulness you have shown. Still praying for you and the miracle to take place in your life.

  8. Glenda Howard August 9, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    Praying for you and Nancy and your families! We are grateful for your dedication to God’s call .

  9. Paul Bruizeman August 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Kent–Loie nd I continue to pray for you and Nancy. The 5 months we worked together were the best . You were the best encourager to me when I could not get things working. I wonder who is keeping things running now at ELWA> So, my friend, :My painless doctor, keep getting better. Who knows when I will need you for more surgery. Maybe next time not in Liberia. Hi to Amber and the kids

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