Husband of US Ebola patient says negative reactions to work in Africa are 'astonishing'

The Associated Press
August 7, 2014 02:47 PM

ATLANTA - The husband of the second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola and returned to the U.S. said he is astonished at the reactions of people who are critical of the couple for putting themselves in danger.

David Writebol, who remains in Liberia, made the comments in a recorded phone conversation with Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. The aid group distributed the recorded call to the media Thursday.

Writebol's wife, Nancy, was the second American aid worker to be flown to Atlanta for treatment. She arrived Tuesday and is being treated in a highly specialized isolation unit along with Dr. Kent Brantly, who arrived Saturday. The two were infected with Ebola while working at a missionary clinic outside Liberia's capital.

"It's just astonishing to see the reaction of people, and I think it exposes the underlying philosophy and worldview of the age where ... an individual is really of no account, and when someone goes to extraordinary lengths and measures to minister to and perhaps help an individual, then that's looked down upon," he said.

David Writebol said he was also thankful for the "marvelous" care his wife received in Liberia and is grateful that she is now in a place where she can receive the best care possible.

Johnson said Tuesday that SIM USA is working to make arrangements to bring David Writebol back to the U.S. so he can be with his family.

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