published Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Son of North Carolina-based missionary with Ebola says she's getting better

In this image taken from video, Bruce Johnson, the president of SIM USA, reads a statement from Nancy Writebol's son, Jeremy, during a news conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.
In this image taken from video, Bruce Johnson, the president of SIM USA, reads a statement from Nancy Writebol's son, Jeremy, during a news conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.
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The son of a North Carolina-based missionary says his mother is doing well as she's being treated for the Ebola virus in an Atlanta hospital.

Jeremy Writebol told NBC's "Today" show in an interview broadcast Tuesday that Nancy Writebol's eyes are getting brighter and she's even joking a little.

Jeremy Writebol said he had been concerned his mother might not make it when she was taken out of an ambulance at Emory University's hospital last week after being flown from Liberia. A second American, Dr. Kent Brantly, had been able to walk from the ambulance into the hospital.

Writebol said doctors have said they expect her to recover, though they haven't elaborated. He also said he wouldn't be surprised if his parents want to return to Liberia after she recovers.

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