TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The second of two Americans stricken with Ebola in the West African nation of Liberia arrived in the United States on Tuesday for treatment and is said to be making "slow improvement."
Carried in a plane specially outfitted with an isolation unit, Nancy Writebol, 59, arrived just outside Atlanta Tuesday morning, NBC News reported. She was taken to Emory University Hospital, where she was wheeled in on a stretcher. Another American patient with Ebola, Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, is already receiving care at the facility.
Writebol was working in Monrovia, Liberia as a hygienist with the aid agency SIM (Serving In Mission) when she became infected with the virus. In a statement released late Tuesday, SIM president Bruce Johnson said that, "Nancy is still very, very weak, but shows continued, but slow, improvement. She is showing signs of progress and moving in the right direction."
He added that, "When she was put aboard the aircraft about 1 a.m. Monrovia time today, they took her there on a stretcher, but she could stand up and walk with assistance onto the plane. We still have a long way to go, but we have reason to hope."
Johnson said he based his remarks on a phone conversation with Writebol's husband David, who is still in Liberia but plans to join his wife when he can. The Writebol's sons, Jeremy and Brian, will be able to visit her at Emory, Johnson said.
"We are tremendously relieved that our mother is back in the U.S., " Jeremy Writebol said in a statement. "We know that she will receive the best medical care possible at Emory University Hospital."
Brantly was delivered Saturday morning to Emory in the same plane and is showing signs of improvement, experts said.
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