ATLANTA -- Nancy Writebol, the second American Ebola patient, was wheeled into Emory University Hospital on a stretcher around 1 p.m. this afternoon.
A chartered evacuation plane carrying Writebol landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base just before 11:30 a.m. The same ambulance used to transport Dr. Kent Brantly brought Writebol to Emory.
SECURITY INCREASED AFTER THREATS
There was an increase in security due to threats made prior to Tuesday's arrival. A number of DeKalb County police set up hours before Writebol's arrival to direct traffic. Other patrol cars took part in a well-orchestrated escort involving the FBI, SWAT team members -- even K9 units.
Hospital workers on break, patients and ordinary citizens gathered along the road to watch as Writebol was taken into Emory University Hospital. While Brantly walked into Emory Hospital,Writebol was carried in on a stretcher. (WATCH WRITEBOL BEING CARRIED INTO EMORY)
She will be treated in the same isolation unit as Dr. Kent Brantly. Emory's unit is one of only four in the country specifically designed for diseases such as Ebola.
Writebol worked at the same West African medical facility as Brantly, treating Ebola victims.
Around 8:15 this morning the medical charter landed in Bangor to refuel. An Associated Press reporter saw the four-vehicle convoy that arrived at Monrovia's airport early Tuesday. The chartered plane took off at 1:12 a.m. Liberian time (about 9:12 p.m. Monday in Atlanta).
WRITEBOL STILL WEAK BUT SHOWS CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT
Nancy Writebol, of Charlotte, is in serious condition, according to Samaritan's Purse, a North Carolina charity. Writebol was in Liberia working on behalf of the faith group Service in Mission. The charity is paying for both Writebol and Brantly's travel and medical care.
Bruce Johnson, the president of SIM USA, said that Writebol is settling in at the medical facility. Johnson said that Writebol's two sons, Jeremy and Brian, are in the Atlanta area and will be able to visit her. Writebol's husband, David, remains in Liberia, but is expected to join his wife when he can, Johnson said.
"Nancy is still very, very weak, but shows continued, but slow improvement," said Johnson in a news conference on Tuesday. "She is showing signs of progress and moving in the right direction."
The World Health Organization says death toll from Ebola has grown from 729 to 887 in recent days, in four West African countries.
Writebol's son, Jeremy, said on Monday that his mother "is still struggling" but that "there seems to be improvement" and that the family is optimistic she will recover amid a spreading Ebola outbreak. She received a dose of an experimental drug, but her body didn't respond as well as Brantly's did. CNN reports that she received a second dose on Sunday and felt well enough to ask for her favorite soup.
Johnson said that Writebol ate yogurt before getting on the plane.
PATIENTS WILL BE KEPT IN ISOLATION UNIT
Both patients will have their own room inside a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. All of the air in that unit is filtered and contained. Lab tests are done inside, and any contaminated materials are cleaned of the virus and incinerated.
A representative from Emory said that patient care in other parts of the facility is continuing normally as Whitebol and Brantly are being treated.
It's not known how long Emory will hold the two in quarantine. Each step will be monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is located down the street.
WIFE OF DR. KENT BRANTLY ISSUES STATEMENT
Amber Brantly, the wife of Dr. Kent Brantly, issued a statement on Tuesday saying:
I have been able to see Kent every day, and he continues to improve. I am thankful for the professionalism and kindness of Dr. Ribner and his team at Emory University Hospital. I know that Kent is receiving the very best medical treatment available.
I am also thrilled to see that Nancy arrived safely in Atlanta today. Our families are united in our faith in Jesus, and we will walk through this recovery time together.
Please continue to pray for Kent, Nancy and the people of Liberia.
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