The host of NBC's TODAY Show, Matt Lauer, has taken the first ever interview of the man who survived the fatal Ebola disease. The Ebola survivor is a doctor from Indiana who spoke with Matt Lauer in an exclusive one-on-one interview on Tuesday night.
Dr. Kent Brantly is the patient who survived. Before taking his interview, Matt Lauer visited the Emory University Hospital’s Infectious Disease Unit and their isolation chambers with Dr. Bruce Ribner.
And in on of these isolation chambers of the hospital’s IDU, Dr. Kent Brantly also spent almost 21 days during his successful treatment for the Ebola virus.
Although Brantly has not regained his full strength, his health is improving with every passing day. He shared his survival story with TODAY's Matt Lauer so that Americans can understand the terrible situation that Africans are facing these days.
"I woke up that morning, and really I just felt a little off; felt a little warm, a little under the weather. I took my temperature and it was 100 degrees centigrade, I think," recalled Dr. Brantly of the first day when he felt Ebola symptoms.
"I was so thankful that Amber and the kids were not there. That would have been an overwhelming mental burden if I had woken up sick next to my wife with one of my kids snuggled up next to me."
And he also said that he feels fortunate that his family was not with him when he felt Ebola symptoms. Just three days earlier, Dr. Brantly's wife Amber and their two children had gone to Texas to attend a wedding ceremony.
"I remember it was a Saturday afternoon and I had worried all day. Then when he did call... to tell me he had Ebola-- I don't know if I can describe that," said Amber Brantly.
"I knew what was coming. I had seen him treat these people who had already been diagnosed and I knew how it ends. I knew how everyone had ended up so far, so I had the disadvantage of having knowledge regarding the course of the disease. I was scared."
The interview of Dr. Brantly aired in portions on Tuesday evening on Nightly News and also on Wednesday morning on the TODAY show right after Eyewitness News Sunrise. Viewers can watch the complete interview on NBCNews.com.
Another special of 60 minutes on the Ebola crisis will be aired on Friday night at NBC News.