Dr. Brantly flew to Nebraska last week to donate his blood to use to treat Dr. Rick Sacra where he is being treated at a Medical Center in Omaha
Missionary doctor, who survived Ebola, Kent Brantly, donated a unit of blood to treat the third American aid worker who was infected with the virus, as the fight to save his life is still on.
According to NBC News, Dr. Brantly flew to Nebraska last week to donate his blood to use to treat Dr. Rick Sacra where he is being treated at a Medical Center in Omaha.
Samaritan's Purse President and CEO Franklin Graham said. "He flew out from North Carolina to Nebraska to give a unit of blood," Graham said in an interview with NBC News. "His blood was a perfect match."
"It really meant a lot to us that he was willing to give that donation so soon after his own recovery," Sacra's wife, Debbie Sacra, told a news conference. She spoke to Brantly's wife, Amber. "We both marveled at the fact that they had the same blood type."
Sacra also has received an experimental drug, but his doctors say they have been asked not to say which drug.
Graham thinks it helped. "Dr. Brantly said that when he saw him last week he was in pretty bad shape," Graham said. "It sounds like he has made a dramatic turn."
“Sacra was reported up and joking as he underwent treatment at Nebraska's special biocontainment unit.”
"His progress has been remarkable," Dr. Angela Hewlett, who is treating Sacra, told a news conference.
Brantly and fellow missionary Nancy Writebol were treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. They both got an experiment therapy based on engineered antibodies called ZMapp, and Brantly also got a unit of blood from an Ebola survivor. "Dr. Brantly is now immune to that strain of Ebola," Graham said.
Graham said Brantly made the flight to and from Omaha on a Samaritan's Purse plane. "He wanted to keep it quiet because he doesn't want anyone to believe he is a hero," Graham said.
“I would be willing to do anything I could to help my friend," Brantly said through a Samaritan's Purse spokesman.