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Brantlys’ journey takes unexpected detour

By on October 8, 2014 in Alumni News, Campus News with 0 Comments

The Brantlys' trip to Abilene took an unexpected detour, as explained in this "Today Show" story.

“Where are you right now?”

That question came in an urgent phone call yesterday to Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly (’03).

Brantly and his family happened to be on a road trip to Abilene where he and his wife, Amber (Carroll ’06), are scheduled to speak Friday on the ACU campus.

Doctors from Nebraska were calling to see if Brantly would donate blood to a freelance journalist stricken with Ebola in hopes that Brantly’s antibodies could boost the sick man’s immune system.

A few minutes later Brantly was able to stop at a nearby hospital and provide blood that was flown to the Nebraska hospital where video journalist Ashoka Mukpo is being treated, according to the Associated Press and NBCs “Today Show.”

The trip interruption is another chapter in the Brantlys’ incredible story, which they will share at 4 p.m. Friday in ACU’s Moody Coliseum.

“Surviving Ebola: A Story of Faith and Hope” is free and open to the community. The conversation-style presentation will be facilitated by Randy Harris, popular author and speaker and a member of the ACU Bible, missions and ministry department faculty. This will be the couple’s first public speaking engagement since Brantly recovered from the virus he contracted while working as a medical missionary in Liberia.

After the Brantlys’ talk, visitors are invited to stay for the Homecoming Carnival and JamFest, beginning at 5 p.m. on the Williams Performing Arts Center north lawn.

Other events scheduled for Homecoming weekend include a golf tournament, the musical Big Fish, Wildcat football, fireworks and, of course, class reunions.

More information about the Brantlys’ visit is available here. See the complete schedule of Homecoming activities here.

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