Ebola Patients Released

By Erika Edwards

Published 08/21 2014 11:19AM

Updated 08/21 2014 11:25AM

(NBC News)  Nearly three weeks after surprising many by walking into Emory University Hospital sick with Ebola, Dr. Kent Brantly is walking out.

"Today is a miraculous day," Brantly said.  "I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family."

Fellow missionary Nancy Writebol was released on Tuesday.

Brantly and Writebol contracted the virus while working to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.   Both have been in a special isolation unit at Emory receiving treatment. They were the first to get an experimental Ebola drug called Z-Mapp that appears to have helped.

Brantly and Writebol have asked for prayers for the people in West Africa still trying to control the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history.

At least 1,300 people have died.

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