WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Texas nurse recently diagnosed with ebola has been declared disease free, and on her way home, stopped in Washington to share a hug with President Obama.
Nina Pham, a 26-year-old nurse who helped care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital earlier this month – who died of from the disease – herself became infected. She was sent to a health center in Bethesda, Maryland for treatment.
According to the White House, just 15 days after she first tested positive for Ebola, Pham was declared Ebola-free, and apparently one of her first stops after she left the hospital was the Oval Office to meet President Obama.
At the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center on Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, announced that Pham was free of the disease, confirming that five separate tests showed she was free of Ebola.
In remarks to reporters, Pham said “I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. I would first and foremost like to thank God, my family, and friends. Throughout this ordeal, I have put my trust in God and my medical team. I am on my way back to recovery, even as I reflect on how many others have not been so fortunate.”