“Today is a miracle.” Kent summed up in these words Brantly survive the Ebola virus. 33 The doctor and nurse Nancy Writebol, 59, the first two people who have been treated for the infection in American territory, have received at discharge. “I’m lucky to be alive and to have been able to meet with my family,” Brantly, accompanied at all times his wife said.
“Thanks to the care team in Liberia, using an experimental treatment and the experience and resources of the medical team at Emory University Hospital, God saved my life,” said Brantly to the media. The doctor and Writebol are the first two people to survive the Ebola virus after receiving the experimental serum ZMapp, although his doctors have not provided details of the clinical effects of this drug.
“Then Ebola was not on the radar,” said Dr. today, belonging to a humanitarian organization. They received the first patient in June and, from there, did not stop coming. Brantly said his work was divided between the treatment of people infected with Ebola and training of medical staff who could look after them.
” When I woke July 23 I felt sick. The next nine days in bed, getting worse and I was weak. ” Brantly ‘s arrival to the United States for treatment in Atlanta caused an alert in the country for the high risk of infection, but Dr. Ribner, head of the team that you care this week, once again defended Thursday that it was ” the right decision. “
Evaluation to discharge him was made independently in each case, in coordination with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO). Doctors must ensure that no virus in the blood or suffering symptoms for at least three days. ” After a rigorous and successful treatment and testing, we determined that both patients have recovered from the disease Ebola virus and can rejoin their families and return to their community without concern,” Ribner said. ” There is no threat to public health.”
The Americans were the first two people to receive the ZMapp, which until then had only been tested in monkeys, and was also applied to the Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, who died. The drug is not more than a cocktail of monoclonal antibodies developed initially in a model of mouse Ebola infection. A monoclonal antibody is a homogeneous (a specific protein), unlike the complex collections of antibodies rather irreproducible, obtained by withdrawing blood to chemical species infected animals. The genes for these antibodies were later adapted for use in human (humanized, in jargon) and snuff transferred to plants for efficient and cheap production Javier Sampedro reported.
Obtaining experimental serum by Americans, just before repatriation, provoked much criticism about the lack of access to medicines for victims of Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, where the virus has hit hardest. The California company that manufactures it, Mappbio also reported that their stocks are almost exhausted, so massively delivery to affected populations, as well as representing a huge ethical and medical challenge, it is still impossible.
Ribner said that for patients, life “after the Ebola “, a disease that has been described as “deeply devastating ” will continue thanks to a complete recovery if there is no damage to your organs. The team physician who has treated the two Americans did not give more details because he had violated his right to privacy.
” We are extremely proud of Dr. Brantly and nurse Writebol for his recovery,” Ribner said. ” We are impressed with their determination, courage and hope, which has been an inspiration to us all.” Brantly melted into a hug with your doctor and the rest of the team that accompanied him in the press conference on Thursday in Atlanta.
On Thursday I also knew that Writebol had been discharged two days before last Tuesday. The nurse, also belonging to the religious organization Samaritan ‘s Purse, did not appear before the media but Brantly asked to share her “thank you” for their support in recent weeks. Her husband said in a statement that is recovered but the effects of the virus have left “significantly weaker”.
“Thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray for all who suffer with this epidemic in West Africa,” Brantly said. Dr. said his treatment in America has given them the opportunity to alert the international community to pay attention to the tremendous impact of the disease Ebola virus in Africa, which already has killed 1,350 people and infected more than doubled.