OMAHA, Nebraska–An American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola headed home with his family.
Nebraska Medical Center officials said Ashoka Mukpo, who had contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets, was released from the hospital’s biocontainment unit around 9 a.m. In a statement read by Dr. Jeffrey Gold, the University of Nebraska Medical Center chancellor, Mukpo said: ��Today is a joyful day.�� Mukpo, of Providence, Rhode Island, did not attend the news conference.
Hospital officials had said Tuesday that Mukpo’s blood tested negative for the virus. He had arrived Oct. 6 and was the second Ebola patient to be treated there. The first, Dr. Rick Sacra, has also recovered.
In his statement, Mukpo thanked Dr. Kent Brantly, who provided blood for a transfusion.