Dr. Kent Brantly will share his story of surviving the Ebola virus Friday.
Brantly and his wife, Amber, return to ACU for Homecoming and will speak at Chapel on and at the Chapel forum at 4 p.m in Moody Coliseum.
“They will share their incredible story and the impact it has had on their lives,” said Grant Rampy, director of public relations at ACU.
Numerous faculty within the school administration and various professors have relationships with the Brantlys and wanted to give them the opportunity to share their story with the students and community, said Rampy.
Randy Harris, instructor in the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry and CBS spiritual director, is one professor who knows the Brantlys.
“I’ve always liked and admired his work and had a little contact with him through the ordeal,” said Harris. “I’m looking forward to seeing him.”
The event will be a Q&A discussion with both Kent and Amber Brantly, Rampy said. Harris, the master of ceremonies, will ask the questions and direct the discussion.
“We are going to ask things about faith and what makes a guy with extraordinary medical training want to go to Africa,” Harris said. “And what does it feel like to come so near death, what do all of his experiences mean to a person of deep faith – these are some of the things I am interested in.”
The event will highlight the Brantlys and give them a platform to share their near-death experiences and the necessity of deep faith.
“He’s a really good person to have that platform because he is a person of deep faith, great mind and great reflection,” Harris said. “So I’m just interested in hearing what it looks like and what it feels like.”
While traveling to Abilene on Wednesday, Brantly made the news again by donating blood to an infected cameraman. The doctors believe the survivors anti-bodies will kick-start recovery, said NBC reporters Kate Snow and Alexander Smith.
Rampy suggests attendees arrive early to secure parking and seats for the hour-long Chapel forum and community event.