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Family Belongings Of Doctor With Ebola Destroyed; Here's How To Help

Samaritan's Purse
Dr. Kent Brantly has been serving as medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Liberia.";

The family belongings of Dr. Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth-trained doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia, are considered contaminated and will be destroyed, according to a statement Friday from the hospital where he studied.

John Peter Smith Hospital, where Brantly did his residency, has created a fund to help the family.

The doctor, who said in a statement he's "recovering in every way," has been receiving care in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for nearly two weeks.

"I thank God for the health care team here who is giving me compassionate, world-class care," Brantly said.

Anyone who would like to contribute can do so at A dropdown menu allows donations to be earmarked for Dr. Brantly.

Contributions, which are tax-deductible, also can be mailed to:

JPS Foundation
Kent Brantly Fund
1223 S. Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76104

Lauren Silverman was the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She was also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine  Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.