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Cured American Ebola patient speaks publicly for the first time: 'Today is a miraculous day'

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of two American Ebola patients flown from Africa to the United States for life-saving treatment, spoke publicly for the first time as he was released from the hospital, declaring, "Today is a miraculous day."

Dr. Brantly fell ill while working with the humanitarian organization Samaritan's Purse in Liberia to contain a worsening (and ongoing) Ebola outbreak. Before being airlifted from Liberia to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, he and another American Ebola patient, Nancy Writebol, were given a highly experimental serum that appeared to halt the disease's progress. At his press conference, an emotional Dr. Brantly credited this — and the "thousands, maybe even millions of people praying for me" — with bringing him back to health. "God saved my life," Dr. Brantly declared.

Watch Dr. Brantly's full statement below. -- Mike Barry