Mass. doctor with Ebola headed to the United States

Dr. Richard A. Sacra, the Massachusetts doctor who is the third American to contract the deadly Ebola virus rampaging through Africa, is on his way to the United States, his wife said today.

Debbie Sacra said at a news conference at the University of Massachusetts Medical School that she had just spoken to the doctor treating Sacra, who had put him on the plane to the US.

“He said Rick is clearly sick, but he was in very good spirits … and he walked onto the plane,” she said. “We are really encouraged by that news and looking forward to reuniting with him.”

The missionary organization that Sacra works for, SIM, announced this afternoon that Sacra was being flown to The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment.

University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold said he hoped Sacra would arrive Friday morning. Sacra will be treated in the center’s biocontainment unit, where he will receive “world-class care,” Gold said.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.