A US aid worker struck down with Ebola while volunteering in Liberia has selflessly given the only dose of a life-saving drug to another American missionary infected with the deadly virus.
Dr Kent Brantly,33, from Texas requested an experimental serum be given to Nancy Writebol, 60, and instead he received a blood transfusion.
Franklin Graham, president of the Samaritan’s Purse charity that Dr Brantly is the medical director of said only one patient could receive the serum.
“There was only enough for one person, Dr Brantly asked that it be given to Nancy Writebol,” Mr Graham said.
The father-of-two from Fortworth, Texas was administered a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy whose life he saved from the contagious disease.
“The young boy and his family wanted to be able to help the doctor who saved his life,” Mr Graham said in a statement.
Both Dr Brantly and Ms Writebol were listed in a “stable, but grave condition” but the aid groups Serving in Mission and Samaritan’s Purse charity says they both took a slight turn for the worse overnight.
Nancy Writebol who was working as a hospital hygienist for Serving in mission has her husband close by, who was also serving as a missionary.
Dr Brantly was the first American to be diagnosed with Ebola, and immediately isolated himself upon coming down with the symptoms.
The White House is currently looking to medically evacuate the two patients, with a hospital in Atlanta preparing a special isolation unit.