Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the first patients flown to the U.S. after contracting Ebola in West Africa, who survived the disease, has donated his plasma to the Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who was recently diagnosed with the virus.
Dr. Brantly was a medical missionary for the group Samaritan’s Purse, which confirmed the donation. He became infected in July while working to treat Ebola patients in Liberia, and was evacuated to the U.S. for treatment.
Samaritan’s Purse has also confirmed that Dr. Brantly offered to donate plasma to Thomas Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Duncan was not a match, and therefore the donation did not happen. Duncan died of the disease on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.