Friday, October 24, 2014

Nurse Nina Pham Ebola-Free, Meets Obama

After nearly two weeks in isolation, Ebola patient Nina Pham walked out of a Maryland hospital on Friday free of the deadly disease that has seized the nation’s attention.

“She has no virus in her,” said Dr. Tony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Health. “She is cured of Ebola, let's get that clear.”
President Barack Obama hugs Ebola survivor Nina Pham at the Oval Office.
President Barack Obama hugs Ebola survivor Nina Pham at the Oval Office.
Fauci's boss' boss got the message. President Barack Obama invited Pham and her family to the White House where he gave the Ebola survivor a big hug.

Pham — one of two Texas nurses to contract the disease while caring for the country’s first Ebola patient — was hopeful and humble as she left the hospital Friday morning.

“I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on how many others have not been so fortunate,” Pham said. “I do not know how I can ever thank everyone enough for their prayers and their expressions of concerns, hope and love.”

Still, the 26-year-old acknowledged the ordeal “has been very stressful and challenging for me and my family.”

“Although I no longer have Ebola, I know it may be a while before I have my strength back,” Pham said.

Pham and her colleague, Amber Vinson, were among 50 to 70 health care workers involved in the treatment of Liberian citizen Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas from Sept. 28 to Oct. 8.

Duncan arrived in Texas from Ebola-ravaged Liberia on Sept. 20. The disease, which kills more than half the people it infects, has claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people in West Africa in 2014, the World Health Organization estimates. There is no known cure.
Culled from Yahoo News
Photo Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

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