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Ebola survivor Kent Brantly visits the Upstate

Posted: Updated: Jul 25, 2015 10:27 PM
Kent and Amber Brantly at a book signing in Spartanburg. Kent and Amber Brantly at a book signing in Spartanburg.
Brantly speaks at First Baptist North Spartanburg (FOX Carolina/ July 26, 2015) Brantly speaks at First Baptist North Spartanburg (FOX Carolina/ July 26, 2015)
Brantly speaks at First Baptist North Spartanburg (FOX Carolina/ July 26, 2015) Brantly speaks at First Baptist North Spartanburg (FOX Carolina/ July 26, 2015)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

One year after Dr. Kent Brantly's battle with the Ebola virus made international headlines, the doctor spoke about his experience with the deadly virus Sunday at First Baptist North Spartanburg.

While treating patients in Liberia with the Samaritans Purse Organization in 2014, the doctor from Fort Worth, TX contracted the virus. Brantly's family was on the other side of the world when that happened. Today, free of the Ebola Virus, he said his journey was what God had planned. 

"We went to Liberia because we felt God had a call in our lives to serve people in need and we still feel like that is our calling," said Brantly. 

He said over the past year his family has continued to follow the path they lead before he got sick,"to raise awareness about the ongoing Ebola virus in Liberia."

Brantly said although Ebola isn't making headlines anymore, it's still a serious issue.

"There are still 20 to 30 cases of Ebola being diagnosed every week in Guinea and Sierra Leone," he said. 

He said he and his wife Amber are traveling the country to share their message.

"We live in a global community, our neighbors are not only the people that live next to us but our lives are very much connected to the lives of people on the other side of the world," said Brantly. 

The couple also spoke at their book signing for the release of their book, 'Called for Life'. It's about their journey and the road ahead. They said they want people across the United States to not forget about those still fighting for their lives against Ebola. 

"Talk about it, put it into their conversations that the Ebola outbreak is still ongoing and still dozens of people are dying every week of Ebola Virus," said Amber Brantly. 

Above all, Kent and Amber Brantly said they will be forever grateful to the many people both in the States and abroad that prayed for Dr. Brantly's recovery and for those still fighting today. 

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