U.S. Ebola Survivor Donates Blood to Photojournalist Battling Deadly Virus

Dr. Kent Brantly, the first American sent back to America after recovering from the Ebola virus, was asked to donate blood to freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo as part of an emergency treatment plan.

Brantly received a call from the Nebraska Medical Center requesting a plasma donation while on a road trip from Indiana to Texas as his blood type matches Mukpo’s.

He immediately stopped at a donation center in Missouri, and the blood was flown to Omaha. Brantly has already donated blood to aid worker Dr. Rick Sacra, who went on to recover from the virus.

Mukpo is also being treated with brincidofovir, an experimental drug never used on Ebola patients before. It’s also being trialed on Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, who is the first patient to be diagnosed with the virus while in America.

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