Dr. Kent Brantly, Samaritan’s Purse doctor that contracted the life-threatening Ebola in West Africa, is honored as TIME Person of the Year. Brantly became the face of Ebola when he was transported back to the United States from Liberia and treated at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. This honor is for all the Ebola fighters on the front lines battling this terrible disease every day.

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We are grateful to Time magazine for recognizing the army of men and women who have been fighting Ebola, putting their lives on the line in order to save others. This battle for life is far from over, and Samaritan’s Purse will continue our work in this huge effort. We pray for each one of these heroes on the frontline and those suffering from Ebola. May God bring healing and comfort to them all.


Kent Brantly is a family friend of mine and throughout this ordeal I have watched the character and faith of this man remain steadfast. On October 11 at a Samaritan’s Purse Medical Conference Brantly said this, “I tell you tonight, I serve a faithful God who answers prayers,” “An army of prayer warriors stormed the throne of the almighty God. And the God of the universe performed a great miracle and spared my life.” I believe that the purpose of influence is to speak up for those that have no influence. Brantly is doing just that by being a voice for the people battling Ebola in West Africa.

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