The experimental serum used to treat Ebola

The experimental serum used to treat Ebola

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Against the odds, Dr. Kent Brantly walked out of an ambulance transporting to Emory University Hospital on Saturday. Against the odds, Dr. Kent Brantly walked out of an ambulance transporting to Emory University Hospital on Saturday.
ATLANTA -  It was just two short days ago that the aid group Samaritan's Purse reported that both Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol had taken a turn for the worse. They were listed as being in serious, but grave condition.

At the start of the new week, both have had an amazing turnaround, leading some to believe a new serum may have played a part in their recovery.

The images of Dr. Kent Brantly climbing off a Grady Ambulance and walking into Emory University Hospital on Saturday surprised many who assumed he was gravely ill.

After two days in a special clinical isolation unit inside the Atlanta Hospital, Brantly's fever is reportedly dropping and his condition stabilizing.

But did an experimental treatment, Samaritan's Purse confirms to FOX 5 News was brought into Liberia and given to both Dr. Brantly and aid worker Nancy Writebol, help spark their remarkable recoveries?

Emory University Hospital is not commenting on the serum,  which is reported to be an experimental monoclonal antibody designed to help a patient's immune system fight off the fast-moving virus.

Ebola, which kills about 60- to 90-percent of its victims, is so fast-moving it overwhelms the body's natural defenses.

Disputing claims U.S. health officials helped find the drug that may have saved Brantly and Writebol, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease said the charity Samaritan's Purse did talk to an NIH scientist about trying to find an experimental treatment. But says, "She was not officially representing NIH and NIH did not have an official role in procuring, transporting, approving or administering the experimental products" administered to the two U.S. patients.

As we learn more about this treatment, never before tested in humans, Brantly and Writebol are not out of the woods, but they do seem to be beating the odds against a virus with few survivors.
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