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Documentary shows Hoosier doctor's Ebola survival story

Posted at 6:44 AM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 06:44:02-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana doctor Kent Brantly was a part of a relief agency responding to the early outbreak of the Ebola virus in Liberia. 

He says his team was prepared to care for Ebola patients, but the worst case scenario happened -- he became a patient himself.

"There was a time when I really thought I was going to die, I was not going to be able to take my next breath," he said.

Brantly's story was also shared through the Heartland Film Festival documentary "Facing Darkness."

It follows Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who also caught the disease, and shows how they overcame it.

"During my illness I wasn't sure if I would see my family again," Brantly said. "I received an experimental drug ... and I believe it was effective for me but jury is still out."

While Brantly's story has a happy ending, it's also a story that he hopes inspires others to act.

"There were 11,000 people who died," he said. "Courage is choosing to do the right thing in the face of fear and it takes courage to choose compassion in fearful circumstances."

"Facing Darkness" comes out March 30, 2017. It will be in 11 theaters across Indiana.