Gallantry Exists! Doctor with Ebola Gives Only Dose of Experimental Serum to Colleague Instead

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | July 31, 2014 | 4:36 PM EDT

Dr. Kent Brantly, an American physician who contracted Ebola in Liberia, insisted today that the only experimental Ebola serum available go to Nancy Writebol, a hygienist with whom he worked there – proving that gallantry is still alive. The two worked with the relief group Samaritan’s Purse.

Dr. Brantly was working with patients that were ill with Ebola when he recognized he was ill with the same symptoms last week and immediately isolated himself.

Although he won’t receive the experimental serum since only one dose is available, Dr. Brantly will receive a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy that he helped save. “The young boy and his family wanted to be able to help the doctor that saved his life,” said Franklin Graham, the President of Samaritan’s Purse, in a statement.

Both Brantly and Writebol are currently in "stable, but grave condition."

The ebola virus has claimed more than 700 lives in the West Africa. Today the CDC issued a travel advisory for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

h/t: TheWire