Franklin Graham op/ed: “Saving Ebola doctor no ethical dilemma”

Sudan, Franklin Graham

Below is the op/ed in USA TODAY with link to the entire column:  (note pic is from Sudan – refugees hiding in cave from bombs overhead)

On July 26 I learned that one of our key Samaritan’s Purse doctors, Kent Brantly, medical director of our case management center in Liberia, had tested positive for the Ebola virus. In that moment my heart sank and I could hardly speak. As I hung up the phone, overwhelmed with uncertainty and anguish, I prayed—along with hundreds, and soon thousands, of others around the world.


Seven days later, with God’s help and assistance from the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the world watched Brantly, dressed in hazmat gear, slowly walk into a special isolation and treatment unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. We owe a debt of gratitude to all these partners, and we thank God for his release from the hospital today.


Since December, more than 2,400 people are known to have contracted Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization. More than half — 1350 — of these patients have died, including 576 in Liberia where Brantly was serving with our team, making this the deadliest Ebola outbreak since the incurable virus was discovered in 1976. These numbers are increasing by the day.


Now there may be a glimmer of hope in the form of an experimental drug called ZMapp, a mix  CLICK HERE TO READ