Husband of Ebola patient holds on to hope, faith

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ATLANTA, GA. - The two American missionaries infected with Ebola remain in isolation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Charlotte missionary Nancy Writebol completed her second full day of treatment Thursday. She arrived Tuesday morning.

LISTEN to audio of David Writebol’s call

Dr. Kent Brantly has been receiving treatment at the hospital since Saturday.

Writebol’s husband opened up about watching the woman he’s known for more than 40 years fight to survive.

“We were junior high school sweethearts,” said David Writebol. “To see her on the brink of death and knowing there was nothing I could do (is devastating).”

David Writebol said he found peace in God and hope through prayer.

He reflected on the experience that began the moment his wife was first diagnosed with the disease.

He also talked about the experimental serum both he and Brantly have been receiving – a drug that before the outbreak had only been tested on animals.

“I’ve just had this overwhelming sense of peace,” said David Writebol. “I’ve experienced God’s grace when I should be totally beside myself.”

The only trouble David expressed during his conversation with SIM was in humanity.

The worst ever Ebola outbreak has killed nearly 1,000 people.

David doesn’t understand why many are questioning the motive to help.

“We’re losing the idea that human beings are created in the image of God and therefore inherently valuable,” he said.

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