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Doctor, county native contracts Ebola during efforts in Liberia

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A southside family is praying for the recovery of their son, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia.

Dr. Kent Brantly is the son of Dr. Jim Brantly, who worked as medical director of emergency medicine at Johnson Memorial Hospital for more than 20 years. Jim Brantly retired from his role at the Franklin hospital in 2011 and lives on the southside.

The family declined to comment about their son Monday, said Bill Oakes, the hospital director of business development.

Kent Brantley is the medical director for the Ebola care center of the aid group Samaritan’s Purse in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. Samaritan’s Purse Vice President Ken Isaacs said Brantly is in stable and very serious condition.

His mother, Jan Brantly, said he had wanted to be a medical missionary from an early age. She said the Indianapolis Heritage Christian High School graduate began going on mission trips while young and also has worked in Uganda and Tanzania.

An Indiana University School of Medicine spokeswoman said Brantly graduated from there in 2009. She said Brantly performed humanitarian work while still in medical school, working with impoverished, inner-city residents.

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