Ebola-Stricken Freelancer Defends NBC Medical Reporter Who Broke Quarantine

October 21, 2014 3:22 p.m.

The freelance photojournalist who contracted Ebola while working for NBC News in Liberia has posted extensively to Twitter in the last few days to discuss his battle with the deadly virus.

Over the course of several tweets, Ashoka Mukpo expressed thanks to the staff at Nebraska Medical Center, where he’s undergone treatment since returning to the United States earlier this month, and defended Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the embattled chief medical editor for NBC News who’s come under fire for violating her quarantine following her own return from West Africa.

Mukpo and Snyderman worked alongside each other briefly while covering the outbreak.

“Special shout out to Nancy Snyderman at NBC News,” Mukpo tweeted on Tuesday. “For the record me and her were never within 3 feet of each other once. Be nice to her plz.”

Mukpo said in a tweet on Monday that his recovery has been a “truly humbling feeling.” He also said he was mystified as to how he contracted the disease, but stood by his decision to travel to Liberia.

Mukpo is said to be doing “quite well” and he’s expected to be released from the biocontainment unit at the Omaha hospital sometime this week.

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