Second Ebola patient lands in Atlanta, taken to Emory University Hospital

The plane carrying the second American patient with the deadly Ebola virus has landed at Dobbins Air Force Base.

The specially outfitted aircraft carrying Nancy Writebol landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Cobb County at about 11:25 a.m. Tuesday.

A team of emergency responders will then transport Writebol to Emory University Hospital in a specially equipped ambulance.

It is expected to take about 45 minutes to make the trip to Emory. Grady Hospital EMS Interim Director Wade Miles told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot they expect it to be a smooth ride to the hospital.

“We use sheets, it’s a special sheet, similar as to what you would see in an OR, and we drape the sides the floor and the sides, we completely encapsulate the sides … where the patient and the paramedic can sit. And what that does is, if there is any coughing, blood, vomit, anything that gets out of the patient then it would go onto the sheets and it’s much easier to clean up and it makes it so we don’t have to , you know, worry about getting blood or something out of the cabinets. It’s much easier to clean the hard surfaces,” Miles said.

Stepped-up security could be noticed at Emory University Hospital in anticipation of Writebol’s arrival.

DeKalb County police could be seen at the main ambulance entrance to the hospital.

Writebol’s trip back to the United States started early Tuesday morning.

An Associated Press reporter saw a four-vehicle convoy arrive at Monrovia’s airport which took off at 1:12 a.m. local time.

The plane made a brief stop at Bangor International Airport in Maine at about 8 a.m. Tuesday before their arrival at Dobbins.

Channel 2 Action News has learned the hospital will have a news conference later in the afternoon to update the patients’ progress.

Writebol will join Dr. Kent Brantly in a special isolated area of the hospital where they will receive treatment for the virus.

Hospital officials have said Brantly’s health is improving and they are optimistic it will continue to improve while they treat him inside a special isolation section of the hospital.

Writebol’s son Jeremy talked with Channel 2 Action News about how she’s doing.

“Still fighting, still weak but able to sit up and receive treatment and even eat a little bit and taking fluids,” Jeremy Writebol said.

In a statement from Brantly’s wife, who has had the chance to see her husband, she said in part, “We are confident that he is receiving the very best care. We are very grateful to the staff at Emory University Hospital, who have been so nice and welcoming to us. I was able to see Kent today. He is in good spirits.”

Writebol and her husband, David, had been in Liberia since August 2013, sent there by the Christian organization SIM USA and sponsored by their home congregation at Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

At the hospital where Brantly treated patients, Writebol worked as a hygienist whose role included decontaminating those entering or leaving the Ebola treatment area. Munro said David Writebol fulfilled administrative and technical duties.

A few weeks before she was diagnosed Jeremy Writebol said a doctor visited the Monrovia hospital where she worked and praised the decontamination procedures as the best he’d seen. Jeremy Writebol said she was “really pleased by knowing that” and never thought she would be infected, despite her proximity to the virus.

David and Nancy Writebol have engaged in foreign missions for 15 years, spending five years in Ecuador and nine years in Zambia, where Munro said they worked in a home for widows and orphans.

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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.