Doctor, county native contracts Ebola during efforts in Liberia

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.

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