The nurse who contracted Ebola from a Liberian patient is reportedly “doing well” while receiving treatment at the Texas hospital for which she works. Nina Pham is the first person to contract Ebola on US soil after attending to Thomas Eric Duncan, who had unknowingly brought the virus to the States when he flew back from Liberia. Pham is currently being treated for Ebola at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and recently gave an update on how she was feeling.
“I'm doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers. I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world,” Pham said in a statement released by the hospital on Tuesday, October 14.
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Wendell Watson, spokesman for Texas Health Resources, also reported that Pham was in good condition as of Tuesday evening.
Pham attended Texas Christian University in Dallas and graduated with a degree in nursing in 2010. Just two months before she contracted Ebola, Pham had received certification in critical care nursing, which deals specifically with life-threatening problems.
“Knowing Nina, she's one of the most meticulous, thorough, effective nurses. She taught me infection control and hand hygiene and protocol. I learned so much of that from her,” said Jennifer Joseph, who had trained under Pham at the hospital.
On Sunday, officials said that Pham had “extensive contact” with Duncan while he was being treated for Ebola at the hospital. President Barack Obama has reportedly called for an investigation into why Pham had contracted Ebola with strict protocols in place to halt the spread of the virus.
“The hearts and prayers of everyone at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are with Nina Pham, and we are working tirelessly to help her in this courageous fight. The doctors and nurses involved with her treatment remain hopeful, and we ask for the prayers of the entire country,” Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan added in a statement.