Ohio doctor treats U.S. aide workers with Ebola in West Africa

Josh Siegel --- The Daily Signal 

Dr. Kent Brantly, the American doctor infected with Ebola while working in West Africa, only saw Tim Mosher’s eyes.

As part of his mission in Liberia with the nonprofit aid group Samaritan’s Purse, Mosher treated Brantly, a colleague whom he had never formally met but whose life he was now helping save.

With six or so other aid workers, Mosher stayed at Brantly’s bedside and intravenously delivered him ZMapp, an experimental medicine that had never before been tested on humans.

“I thought he might die that night,” recalled Mosher, who was wearing a full-body suit, face mask, two pairs of gloves and goggles—only his eyes visible—to avoid contracting the illness that struck Brantly, a doctor with Samaritan’s Purse.

After spending 21 days in quarantine upon returning from Africa, Mosher spoke with The Daily Signal about his unplanned contact with Brantly, who ultimately survived Ebola after finishing his treatment in the United States.

Thursday, Mosher drove to North Carolina from his hometown of Lima, Ohio, for a reunion with aid workers who recently treated Ebola in Liberia.

There, during the two-day event, Mosher hoped to finally speak with Brantly for the first time.

“It would be wonderful,” said Mosher, who returned home Aug. 2.

Treating Brantly, and a second American aid worker and eventual Ebola survivor, Nancy Writebol, was the second chapter of Mosher’s trip to Liberia.

Mosher, a nurse practitioner, medical volunteer and former fireman, traveled to Liberia July 25 as part of the Samaritan’s Purse International Crisis Response Team.

As a man of faith, Mosher is a veteran of overseas volunteer aid missions, and his latest trip required him to treat patients at a clinic in Foya, Liberia—“the jungle,” as Mosher affectionately calls it.

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