Smiling and appearing robustly healthy, a U.S. missionary infected with Ebola while working in Liberia on Wednesday shared publicly her battle with the deadly virus for the first time.
Nancy Writebol, 59, of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been recovering in an undisclosed location since her release last month from an Atlanta hospital that also treated another missionary who contracted the often lethal virus.
She told reporters there were mornings when she woke up and thought with surprise, “I’m alive.”
“I thought whether I live or whether I die, it’s going to be okay. It’s going to be okay,” she said, speaking at times through tears about her recovery at the Charlotte headquarters of the Christian organization that she worked with, SIM USA.
Still, “there were many times when I thought, ‘I don’t think I am going to make it any more,” she told reporters at the group’s Charlotte headquarters. “There were some very, very dark days.”