FP Kent Brantly Among 'Ebola Fighters' Named Time's Person of the Year

December 10, 2014 03:34 pm News Staff

Kent Brantly, M.D., speaks to a packed house during the 2014 AAFP Assembly in Washington.

This week, Time magazine named "Ebola Fighters" as its 2014 Person of the Year(time.com) for their "tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, and for sacrificing and saving."

As one of the prominent faces of the Ebola fight in 2014, AAFP member Kent Brantly, M.D., was selected to grace one of five covers of the magazine and was prominently featured in its coverage(time.com) of the massive outbreak in West Africa.

Brantly also has ties to other physicians recognized in the Time coverage, including Jerry Brown, who was medical director of the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, where Brantly contracted the virus.

Read About AAFP Member Honored by Time Magazine

The Academy congratulates FP Kent Brantly, M.D., and his "Ebola Fighters" colleagues on their recognition as Time's 2014 Person of the Year and invites readers to revisit AAFP News' Oct. 24 Q&A with Brantly. In it, he discusses family medicine, his experience contracting and overcoming Ebola, and steps needed to control the ongoing outbreak in West Africa.

When Ebola cases first began to arrive at ELWA, Brown told Time, some nurses handed in their resignations on the spot and refused to care for patients with the disease. Brown and Brantly immediately stepped up, splitting duties at the hospital: Brantly handled care for the Ebola patients; Brown ran the rest of the hospital.

Shortly thereafter, when Brown decided to convert the ELWA chapel into an Ebola unit, it took another AAFP member working at the hospital to quash other staff members' concerns about the decision. John Fankhauser, M.D., of Ventura, Calif., explained to them that Jesus himself had treated patients in the house of God, as well -- so there was no question that he would approve.