Ebola survivor: I felt like I was about to die

Asheville - A US doctor who survived after contracting Ebola while doing missionary work in Liberia is "very close" to the doctor most recently diagnosed with the disease and has spent time in "tearful prayer" for him, according to an interview with NBC News aired Tuesday.

Earlier, officials with the North Carolina-based missionary group Serving In Mission had announced the other doctor, a male obstetrician, had contracted the disease.

In the interview, Dr Kent Brantly said he feared his own death, telling a nurse at one point: "I'm sick. I have no reserve and I don't know how long I can keep this up."

At one point, Brantly was asked whether he was told he might not survive.

"I don't think they ever said, 'Kent, I think you are about to die.' But I felt like I was about to die," Brantly said.

Experimental drug

NBC News said the interview was conducted in Asheville, North Carolina, where Brantly and his family have been in seclusion since he was released last month from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Brantly and a female missionary from Serving in Mission were evacuated to the United States for treatment after contracting Ebola in Liberia. The two recovered after receiving an experimental drug known as ZMapp. The manufacturer says it has run out of supplies of the drug and it will take months to produce more.

Brantly recalled waking up the morning of 23 July feeling "a little off" with a temperature of 38°C. After falling ill, Brantly said he felt grateful his family had returned to the US days earlier.

"I was so thankful that Amber and the kids were not there. That would have been an overwhelming mental burden if I had woken up sick lying in bed next to my wife with one of my children snuggled up next to me," Brantly said.

NBC News planned to air more portions of the interview on Wednesday and Friday.

- AP
Mphotant Thelejane 2014-09-03 09:02:06 AM
Very lucky guy, glory to the Lord.
Zeffington 2014-09-03 09:02:11 AM
At the risk of sounding judgemental, those prayers would have been in vain because no doubt the 'miraculous' drug was developed by atheists.
Chase Cameron 2014-09-03 09:02:28 AM
Ebola survivor: I felt like I was about to die. Captain Obvious.
Phalo Yem Yem Togu 2014-09-03 09:05:26 AM
Paise the living God.
Frankysmashcake 2014-09-03 09:07:06 AM
"He feared his own death. . . "?. . are you for real?
Omombo Mboko 2014-09-03 09:07:54 AM
When is the movie coming out?
Motofogo Mulilo 2014-09-03 09:10:17 AM
Ebola is deadly. So is he completely cured and has no chance of passing on disease to wife or kids or patients?
Tonito Naph 2014-09-03 09:20:40 AM
Cure only Americans n let Africans die as xperiment for the scintists! Is ths wt it's all bout...
Humbelani Tshipandu 2014-09-03 09:30:11 AM
yes it gonna take a month because the drug is still new,surely they will distribute it,it's a process my foolish fool
Akinbode B Adedulu 2014-09-03 10:12:54 AM
Zeffington, if you understand what LIFE means, you will not turn this issue to comparism of beliefs. You can't run away from GOD. He created you and gave you life no matter how you paint your atheist theories.