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'Moved to tears': American Ebola patient reunited with husband

Aug. 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM ET

The husband of an American aid worker being treated for Ebola got to see her for the first time since her return to the United States and said she was standing in her isolation room and smiling radiantly, “happy beyond words.”

"I have had the great joy to be able to look through the isolation room glass and see my beautiful wife again,” Nancy Writebol’s husband David said in a statement released by the missionary group SIM. “We both placed our hands on opposite sides of the glass, moved with tears to look at each other again.”

David Writebol was monitored for 21 days — the incubation period for Ebola — to make sure he, too, wasn’t infected. He was cleared to travel on Sunday to the hospital at Emory University where his wife has been treated. “She is continuing to slowly gain strength, eager for the day when the barriers separating us are set aside, and we can simply hold each other,” he said. “We prayed together over the intercom, praising our great and mighty God for his goodness to us."

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