FORTWORTH The two American aid workers infected with Ebola in Africa are being evacuated to a special wing of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
'We've already received one miracle today,' said a woman who led a prayer service Thursday in a garden in South Fort Worth.
Most of those in attendance still had on their scrubs. They came straight from the clinic where they work and prayed for a man they say they were blessed to work with and blessed to know.
'He's the type of Christian people want to be and should be,' said Marianne Randle, of Dr. Kent Brantly.
They worked together at the JPS Family Health Clinic in Fort Worth while Brantly was doing his residency. In October 2013, he left for Africa. Now, he's infected with the Ebola virus and those who know him are praying for him to heal.
The miracle they gave thanks for Thursday was news that plans were in the works to evacuate Brantly and the other infected American worker. The two are expected to arrive at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment in a special isolated wing sometime in the next few days.
'That means everything,' Randle said. 'I mean, he can have the medical care that he needs.'
She said the clinic did a little 'dance of praise' when they heard the news of the evacuation Thursday afternoon.
While living in Fort Worth, Brantly and his family attended Southside Church of Christ. Elder Kent Smith said he wasn't at all surprised to hear Brantly refused a dose of experimental serum. Only one dose was sent to Africa and Brantly ordered it be given to Nancy Writebol, who is the other Samaritan's Purse volunteer who fell ill.
Kent was diagnosed with the Ebola virus while in Monrovia, Liberia.
'This is a guy who thinks people should give more than lip service when they say they're going to follow Jesus, and Jesus says to put others' interests ahead of your own. He's totally committed to following the teachings of Jesus,' Smith said. 'True to his character, he also asked us to pray God will be glorified no matter what. I think his faith, graciousness and the courage he's displayed throughout this terrible ordeal is in itself an answer to that. He's glorifying God.'
Perhaps his patients are too based on a story told by Samaritan's Purse founder Franklin Graham. A 14-year-old boy who had received life-saving treatment from Brantly gave him a unit of blood Thursday.
'They wanted to try to do something to save the doctor who saved their life,' Graham said.
He said both Brantly and Writebol are seriously and gravely ill. It's unclear when they will arrive in Atlanta.