ABILENE, Texas -

Family members of Dr. Kent Brantly – an Abilene Christian University graduate who contracted the deadly Ebola virus – say he has shown signs of slight improvement in the past 24 hours.

However, Brantly’s family says, the 33-year-old family physician and father of two still continues to battle the grave disease.

Brantly's family issued a statement to KTXS regarding the health of their loved one:

"Kent is a brave, kind, servant-hearted man and a fantastic role model. We ask that everyone join us in fervent prayer for his full recovery. Our faith sustains us, and we are resting in the peace of God. Our family asks that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time."

In October, Brantly traveled to Monrovia, Liberia, with Samaritan’s Purse – an international relief agency – and started treating Ebola patients in June. According to reports, Brantly recognized his own symptoms and immediately began treating himself in isolation.