‘Facing Darkness’: New documentary details Christian doctor’s harrowing battle with Ebola

Dr. Kent Brantly, an Ebola survivor, speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 5, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)

“I think when there’s a crisis, God wants us to be there. He doesn’t want us to run away. God has put us there for a reason, and he expects us do something about it.”

Those are the words of the Rev. Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, at the start of the North Carolina-based humanitarian organization’s new documentary, “Facing Darkness,” which details the harrowing story of Dr. Kent Brantly’s medical ministry with Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia, his being diagnosed with Ebola and his miraculous recovery.

Ebola is a virus that leads to severe bleeding and organ failure and is often a death sentence for its victims. According to the World Health Organization, the average fatality rate is 50 percent. Some outbreaks have seen death rates as high as 90 percent.

The most recent outbreak of the deadly virus, which is spread easily by human contact, impacted Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It began in 2013 in Meliandou, a small, isolated village in Guinea with only 31 households, according to the WHO. It wasn’t until March 21, 2014, that the disease was identified as Ebola.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.