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Missionary Doctor Who Survived Ebola Donates Blood to Help Infected Journalist

Missionary Dr. Kent Brantly, is donating his own blood to help a reporter who has become infected with Ebola. The 33-year-old doctor was the first person treated in the United States after being diagnosed with the virus while treating victims of the deadly outbreak in Liberia with Christian missionary organization Samaritan’s Purse.

Medical experts in Nebraska overseeing the treatment of freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo—who was working with NBC News in Liberia when he became infected—reached out to Dr. Brantly to see if he would be willing to donate plasma in an effort to aid Mukpo’s recovery. According to NBC News, “Within minutes, he stopped off at the Community Blood Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and his donation was flown to Omaha.” It was the second time he’s donated plasma to help an Ebola victim. The photojournalist’s father issued a statement saying, “This act of kindness and generosity makes me believe in the goodness of humanity.” The Ebola outbreak has killed at least 3,400 people in West Africa as officials from around the world continue to seek to contain it …

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