Earlier this month, many Americans' worst nightmare happened to Dallas nurse Amber Vinson. She contracted Ebola.
After treating Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Vinson took a three-day trip with her family to Ohio. One day after returning to Dallas, she showed symptoms of the deadly virus.
Vinson was then admitted to Emory University Hospital for intensive treatment and quarantine. A very positive outcome ensued.
Not only was Vinson released on October 24 with a clean bill of health, her medical team also said they learned a lot about the disease's treatment. Previously, the use of a ventilator and kidney dialysis had been criticized from Duncan's treatment; however, Vinson's medical team found it to be very effective with her treatment.
As a nurse herself, Vinson thanked her medical team for their great work, but ultimately credited God for her fast healing, as reported in this Christian Post article: "I'm so grateful to be well, and first and foremost, I want to thank God. I sincerely believe that with God all things are possible. While the skill and dedication of the doctors, nurses and others who have taken care of me have obviously led to my recovery, it has been God's love that has truly carried my family and me through this difficult time, and has played such an important role in giving me hope and the strength to fight."
She urged listeners at a press conference to not lose sight of the incredible struggle those in West Africa are facing with the disease and thanked those like Dr. Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol who had been successfully treated for Ebola and donated plasma to help in her healing.
Vinson's courage and faith is amazing in the face of such a frightening ordeal. How do you think you might react in her situation?