WICHITA, Kansas – American Nancy Writebol is a missionary with her husband, Dave in Liberia. Nancy is one of only a couple of Americans to contract the Ebola virus.
Half a world away in Wichita her son, Jeremy, prays for his mom to recover.
“I actually spoke with mom this morning,” says Jeremy. “And she was continuing to be tired and also weak, taking in fluids.”
Jeremy says his mom and dad, Nancy and David, went to Liberia this year to do missionary work. But, when the Ebola outbreak hit the country, Nancy started working at the Ebola hospital.
“She was an assistant to the medical staff there, helping the nurses and doctors,” says Jeremy. “Her main job was to help them decontaminate after they came out of the isolation units at the Ebola hospital there in Liberia. And so, she would spray off the doctors and the physicians after working with the patients directly. She was not in direct contact with the patients in the isolation ward.”
Jeremy says they do not yet know how mother contracted Ebola. But, he says the family is one of faith, so Jeremy and his brother continue to pray, far away from their mother.
“He’s hanging in there and doing well,” says Jeremy, of his brother. “Bearing this load. Being prayerful for mom and dad in this situation.”
Nancy Writebol only talks to her husband through a window in their house in Liberia, because she remains in isolation. David has not come down with any Ebola symptoms so far.
One doctor Nancy worked with, Dr. Kent Brantly, also has contracted Ebola. Brantly continues to fight for his life.