FORT WORTH -- The Fort Worth missionary doctor suffering from Ebola in Africa has taken a slight turn for the worse.
The group Dr. Kent Brantly volunteers with, Samaritan's Purse Christian Relief Group, said that his conditioned worsened overnight Thursday. But as he fights for his life, he is thinking of others.
On Wednesday an experimental serum arrived, but there was only enough for one person. Dr. Brantly asked that it be given to Nancy Writebol, another American with the virus.
Both are stable but in grave condition.
Samaritan's Purse posted the following news on its Facebook page around 11:30 a.m. Thursday:
"The safety of our staff is a top priority and Samaritan's Purse is currently working to evacuate all but the most essential personnel to their home countries. The evacuation should be completed this weekend. The exact timeline and destinations are being kept confidential to respect their privacy. Samaritan's Purse is taking precautions that exceed the standards recommended by the CDC."
Earlier Thursday, Dr. Brantly's family released a statement on the Samaritan's Purse website:
"We appreciate so much all the words of comfort and acts of kindness extended to our family.
As people with a deep faith in Jesus, we sincerely thank the thousands of people worldwide who have lifted up Kent and this dreadful situation in prayer. We continue to lean on that faith and take great consolation in our God in these times.
Amber and their two children are staying in an undisclosed location to protect their privacy. We continue to believe that God will deliver Kent from this deadly virus.
We have a strong family unit within a stronger faith community that has given us incredible support. Kent remains very physically weak but his spirit has been determined throughout this ordeal.
This is a challenging time for our family. We will not be speaking to the media at this time. We ask that you respect our privacy.
We ask for your continued prayers for Kent, his colleague, Nancy Writebol, and the health care workers in Liberia struggling to meet the overwhelming demands of those who are sick with the Ebola virus as well as patients who have come to that hospital with other needs."
Dr. Brantly spent his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He was volunteering with Samaritan's Purse in Liberia with his wife and two small children.
His family left to vacation in Texas right before his symptoms developed.