ASHEVILLE, NC -- The first known EBOLA patient to be treated on U.S. soil is starting to talk in more depth about the disease and the rare successful outcome.
"I woke up that morning and i just felt a little off," Dr. Kent Brantly tells NBC's Matt Lauer in and exclusive interview airing Wednesday morning on TODAY. "I felt a little warm, under the weather. I took my temperature and it was 100-degrees."
The doctor treating Ebola patients in Western Africa contracted the disease, which has a 90% mortality rate, on July 23rd. In a matter of days he would be transported to an Atlanta area hospital for treatment.
"I was so thankful that Amber and the kids were not there. That would have been an overwhelming mental burden. If i had woken up sick laying next to my wife. With one of my children snuggled up next to me."
His wife tells Lauer that her knowledge of Ebola, and what it does to patients was more curse than blessing.
"Then when he did call me to tell me he had Ebola -- I dont know if i can describe that," Amber Brantly said. "I knew what was coming, I had seen him treat these people who had been diagnosed. I knew how it ends. I had the disadvantage of the knowledge of the course of the disease. I was scared."
The full interview can be seen Tuesday morning on The Today Show on WKYC Channel 3, starting at 7 a.m.