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Son of Charlotte Ebola patient speaks after mother's release

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Exactly two weeks after entering isolation, Charlotte missionary Nancy Writebol walked out of Emory Hospital, cured of the deadly Ebola virus.

Writebol had contracted the virus while working as a missionary in Monrovia, Liberia with her husband David.

Writebol's son Jeremy admits he began preparing for the worst once he learned of his mother's diagnosis.

"I never thought I'd see my mom again. I knew the mortality rate was 70 to 90 percent, I didn't think there was a lot of hope to be honest," Writebol said.

To the surprise of many, Nancy Writebol beat those odds. Last week, tests came back verifying the virus was no longer in Writebol's blood. Her son says no one welcomed that news more than his father.

"I know there was just a wave of relief that came over my Dad for my Mom, and just that ability for the two of them to hug and embrace," Writebol said.

Jeremy tells WBTV Nancy is still regaining her strength. The couple is getting some much needed rest in an undisclosed location, but what's next for the Charlotte couple that has captured the attention of so many?

"I think they're doing some careful processing and praying through what the future looks like for them," Writebol said.

Writebol says his parents aren't ruling out venturing back to the mission field.

"That's just part of what their makeup is, who their identity is, and what God has called them to do," Writebol said.

Living in Liberia nearly took his mother's life, and yet Jeremy Writebol says if they choose to go back, he's behind that decision 100 percent.

"Whether they stay home or whether they go back to Africa or somewhere else, I fully support that because that's who they are and what the Lord wants for them," Writebol said.

Doctors say Writebol is now immune to the strain of the Ebola virus that infected her; however, there are four additional strains in existence.

 

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