Dr. Craig Spencer is battling Ebola at New York City's Bellevue Hospital. Doctors there say he has reached a tough phase in the battle, where patients often lose enormous amounts of bodily fluid and need intensive support. Nurse Nancy Writebol has been there. She survived Ebola. She also donated plasma to Dr. Spencer in hopes that her antibodies will help stop his infection.
Anderson spoke with Nancy Writebol and her husband David. She told Anderson that donating plasma is one way that she is saying 'thank you' to those who helped save her life.
Thomas Duncan is said to be in serious condition at a Dallas hospital after being diagnosed with Ebola. Nancy Writebol is one of just a few Americans who know what he is going through right now. She survived an Ebola infection. Nancy and her husband David spoke to Anderson about Nancy’s battle with the deadly virus. They also offered advice to Duncan and his family.
Nancy goes on to describe what it is like to suffer from Ebola in part 2 of her interview with Anderson.
Nancy Writebol made history as one of the first two people ever treated for Ebola in the U.S. She also beat some staggering odds by recovering from the disease. Now she tells Anderson that she is feeling great and gaining strength everyday.
But it was a long and hard journey from the mission hospital in Liberia where Writebol and her husband, David, were working. That's where Nancy was infected, and she says she does not know how it happened. The disease forced the Writebols into a terrifying period of isolation and uncertainty. David acknowledges he was even preparing for his wife death.
In her first ever television interview, Nancy Writebol tells Anderson Cooper that she would like to return to Liberia to help Dr. Rick Sacra. He was just infected while working with the same missionary group that she and Dr. Kent Brantly worked for in the country.
Anderson continued his interview with the Writebols. Nancy discussed the toll Ebola took on her body, the experimental serum that helped save her life and much more.
Editor's Note: Anderson Cooper's full interview with Nancy Writebol and her husband David airs tonight on a special two hour AC360 starting at 8pm ET.
Nancy Writebol says she really doesn't know how she was infected with Ebola. She was doing missionary work in Liberia when she fell ill. In her interview with Anderson, Writebol describes the moment that she learned about the Ebola diagnosis and her feelings when she realized that her husband could not put his arms around her.
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