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President of mission company SIM speaks about Nancy Writebol

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SIM president Bruce Johnson answered questions from the media for almost an hour. He started his news conference making an emotional statement about missionary Nancy Writebol's arriving at Emory Univeristy Hospital in Atlanta.

"Nancy has arrived safely," Johnson said with a waiver in his voice.

Johnson spoke with Writebol's husband, David, who is still in Liberia. Johnson said according to her husband, "She is showing signs of progress and moving in the right direction."

The big question for SIM is how did this infection happen? Writebol worked on personnel staff, but volunteered to help out in other areas. But according to Johnson she was never in direct contact with Ebola patients. The company has asked the Center's for Disease Control to do full review of all protocols to see how the infections happened.

"To date we have not got a confirmation of where exactly that contact happened," Johnson said.

Johnson told the room full of reporters that evacuating the infected missionaries was not their first plan because they were receiving excellent care in Liberia. CBS 46 news reporter Vince Sims asked, "Then why are you bringing them back to U.S. soil?"

"One, an airplane was made available, Johnson said. "Two, it was an opportunity, we felt as a mission and they felt as individuals that this could possibly be an opportunity for Emory hospital particularly to understand what was going on and find a cure."

CBS 46 has learned evacuation insurance is provided to all missionaries.  Also, SIM and another missionary company are both putting up about $1 million to cover other costs.

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