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Ebola Outbreak: American patients being treated in Atlanta

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A doctor who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Africa arrived in Atlanta this past weekend for treatment. Also, an American missionary with the virus is being flown to Atlanta Tuesday.

The situation Nancy Writebol will find herself in when she arrives to America and the world-wide attention she's getting will feel completely foreign to the 59-year-old. That’s mainly because she and her husband, David, have spent their lives giving to others.

Their son, Jeremy, talked to FOX 32 News via Skype.

"They walked into Liberia knowing it was a place in great need. They were seeking to help and serve people in great need. And so they knew the cost could be high on that end. They’ve constantly said their life is not their own, it's theirs to give," said Jeremy.

Nancy and David have given to children in Africa for 14 years.

The Charlotte couple has ministered through the Christian group "Samaritan’s Purse,” and they arrived in Liberia about a year ago.

But their mission changed this spring.

When Ebola began taking its grip on the country, Nancy started working in a hospital caring for the sick. When she and Doctor Kent Brantly contracted the virus, they were immediately quarantined, meaning Nancy cannot leave her house.

"Our medical personnel visit them periodically throughout the day, with the full arrangement of personal protective gear on," Jeremy added.

But David cannot be with Nancy, and Jeremy said that -- along with the severe illness -- is taking its toll.

"Dad comes to the house, outside in a suit, will talk to her through the window. And that's been helpful to her, but she's alone and so she's really struggling and wrestling through this by herself right now," Jeremy said.

But she won't be alone for long.

A medical evacuation airplane will pick Nancy up Monday night in Liberia. She will be flown to Dobbins Air Base Tuesday morning where a special ambulance will take her to Emory Hospital.

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