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A medical miracle on NBC News

A medical miracle on NBC News: ‘The hand of God at work’ in saving Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly

GETRELIGION.ORG — The hour-long NBC News special “Saving Dr. Brantly: The Inside Story of a Medical Miracle” aired Friday night.

The report by NBC’s Matt Lauer features an exclusive interview with Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted the often-deadly Ebola virus while serving as a medical missionary in Liberia.

It’s an incredible piece of journalism that includes additional reflections from Brantly’s wife Amber, Samaritan’s Purse CEO Franklin Graham and doctors and nurses involved in his care at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

As the special begins, Lauer emphasizes that Brantly’s faith will play a major role in this story:

He may be one of the luckiest men alive, and Dr. Kent Brantly probably thinks there are two very good reasons for that.

He attributes his victory over the deadly Ebola virus to a combination of faith and science.

As a devout Christian and a physician, he’s a man of both.

He was serving as a missionary doctor in Liberia when he became infected, and tonight in an NBC News exclusive, Dr. Brantly and the brave medical team that helped to save his life tell for the first time the extraordinary story of how he was cured.

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