EBOLA VICTIM GOES HOME--August 21, 2014 Dekalb County: Dr. Kent Brantly stood with his wife Amber and made a statement at Emory University Hospital annex following his discharge from the facility after being successfully treated for Ebola Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Bruce Ribner, MD, medical director of Emory's Infectious Disease Unit, discussed the discharge of Brantly and the discharge of patient, missionary Nancy Writebol, who also had contracted the Ebola virus. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM
Photo: JOHN SPINK / AJC
Photo: JOHN SPINK / AJC

Exclusive: Inside one doctor's battle to beat Ebola at Emory

"Kent, bud. We got your test result. And I'm really sorry to tell you that it is positive for Ebola."

Those are the words that changed medical missionary Dr. Kent Brantly's life forever, as, after his efforts fighting the West African Ebola outbreak last year, he went from physician to patient

It's a battle he documents in an upcoming memoir, co-written with wife Amber and excerpted for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Kent writes of his reaction following the diagnosis, immediately asking, "'OK, so what is next? What's our plan? What are we going to do?'

"I am a doctor, trained to respond to a bad test result by creating a plan. More importantly, I am a husband and a father, and my thoughts turned to my beautiful wife and children back home in the United States. I might not see them, much less touch them, ever again.

"I stared out our bedroom window, looking to [my colleague]. 'How am I going to tell Amber?' "

Click here to read the complete excerpt at MyAJC, including Amber's side of Kent's harrowing diagnosis

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