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An Ebola survivor has donated blood to the NBC News cameraman who was diagnosed with the virus last week.
The family of freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo told NBC News on Wednesday morning that the Nebraska Medical Center reached out to Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, asking him to donate plasma. The hope is that Brantly’s antibodies will boost Mukpo’s immune system, but it’s an experimental treatment.
The doctor agreed and visited the Community Blood Center in Kansas City, Mo., which flew his blood to Omaha. Brantly, who was the first American flown back from Africa to the U.S. after being diagnosed with the virus, previously donated blood to another Ebola patient, Dr. Richard Sacra, who recovered at the same hospital where Mukpo is receiving treatment.
“This act of kindness and generosity makes me believe in the goodness of humanity,” Mukpo’s dad, Dr. Mitchell Levy, told NBC News.
Mukpo, 33, was on assignment in Liberia when he was diagnosed with Ebola. NBC News president Deborah Turness shared the news with employees in a memo Thursday.
“As you know, Dr. Nancy Snyderman and our news team are in Liberia covering the Ebola outbreak. One of the members of their crew is an American freelance cameraman who has worked in Liberia for the past three years and has recently been covering the epidemic for U.S. media outlets. On Tuesday, he began working with our team. Today he tested positive for Ebola,” read Turness’ memo to staff. “We are doing everything we can to get him the best care possible. He will be flown back to the United States for treatment at a medical center that is equipped to handle Ebola patients.”
Mukpo returned to the U.S. on Sunday.
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Jamie Lee Curtis