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Doctor who survived Ebola to speak at IU School of Medicine

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An Indiana-educated medical missionary who became known worldwide when he survived a bout with Ebola will deliver the commencement address at his alma mater.

Dr. Kent Brantly will speak May 9 at the Indiana University School of Medicine’s commencement. He’s a 2009 graduate of the Indianapolis school.

Brantly is a family medicine physician who served as a medical missionary at a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, from October 2013 until August 2014, when he was evacuated to the U.S. for treatment of the deadly Ebola virus. He became the first person in the world to receive the experimental drug Zmapp and the first person with Ebola treated in the U.S.

Brantly is now medical missions advisor for Samaritan’s Purse and lives in Texas with his wife and their two children.