HOLDEN (CBS) — No one knows what Ashoka Mukpo is about to go through better than Rick Sacra.

Mukpo, a NBC News cameraman in Liberia, originally from Providence, Rhode Island, was diagnosed with Ebola while on freelance assignment for the network in Monrovia. He’s set to be the second person treated for the disease in Nebraska Medical Center’s isolation unit in Omaha.

That’s where Dr. Sacra of Holden was taken after he was stricken with Ebola while treating patients in West Africa. He has since been released after recovering, and he says he has “tremendous confidence” in the medical team in Nebraska.

“They really did an excellent job, they paid excellent attention to every detail, they looked for every possible means with which to pull me through,” Sacra told WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager in an exclusive interview. “I think our colleague who is now headed there can feel confident that everything is going to be done in his case.”

Sacra said he hopes to get in touch with Mukpo to wish him well.

“I’m praying for him right now,” Sacra said. “I want to give him my encouragement, we’re praying for him and I think he has every good expectation that he’s going to pull through this and I certainly hope the best for him.”

Sacra added that he has high hopes for Mukpo’s recovery.

“I think his odds, if he gets the same care as I did, which I’m sure he will, are excellent,” Sacra said.


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