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Nancy Writebol Receiving treatment at Emory University Hospital

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Nancy Writebol, the Charlotte-based missionary with SIM-USA arrived safely at Emory University Hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Bruce Johnson, president of the international missions organization choked back tears as he made the announcement at about 2 p.m.

"Nancy is still very weak," Johnson said. "She is showing signs of progress and is moving in the right direction. She had yogurt before getting on the plane."

Johnson added that while Writebol was wheeled in on a stretcher, she did stand and walk to board the plane in Liberia.

After Writebol arrived at Emory, her family released statements via SIM-USA. Her son, Jeremy, said "We are tremendously relieved that our mother is back in the U.S. We are grateful to everyone who has been praying for this moment."

Johnson added that David said, "One week ago we were considering possible funeral arrangements, yet we kept our faith. Now we have a real reason to be hopeful."

Johnson said it is his understanding that Nancy and Kent were not ever in dire condition, but both were realistic about what the future could hold.

"It wasn't a matter of a dire situation," Johnson said. "It was a matter of this is a serious virus and we've seen the results of people who don't get the kind of care Kent and Nancy have had."

Nancy and her husband David were serving a medical missions team in Liberia when she contracted the disease. SIM-USA said that David has been appointed the incoming director of operations in Liberia.

Johnson said Nancy had "the gift of helps" and often pitched in wherever necessary. While the organization does not know exactly how she contracted Ebola, they did say she was helping out various parts of the operation in Liberia.

At about noon, the plane carrying the Charlotte missionary who contracted the Ebola virus has landed at Dobbins Air Force Base. Nancy Writebol was transported via police-escorted ambulance to Emory University Hospital for treatment.

Earlier this morning, the plane landed in Bangor, Maine to refuel.

Writebol is the second American to be treated in the U.S. for Ebola.

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