Nina Pham, Ebola-infected nurse, sheds happy tears in video
A video of Nina Pham, the first person known to contract Ebola in the United States, shows the Dallas nurse in good, if emotional, spirits.
“Don’t cry! Don’t cry!” a healthcare worker in the room says as Pham, sitting up in her hospital bed and wearing a green surgical smock, appears to be tearing up but still smiling.
Pham, 26, was part of the healthcare team in Dallas treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed on U.S. soil. Pham became ill late last week and was diagnosed over the weekend.
The video was recorded shortly before Pham began her transfer for treatment at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. “Come to Maryland, everybody,” she says cheerfully.
In the last few seconds of the video, shot in her isolated room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Pham is seen wiping away tears.
“I love you guys,” she tells the heavily protected staff in the room with her.
The video was shot by Dr. Gary Weinstein, who thanked her for getting well.
“Thanks for being part of the volunteer team to take care of our first patient,” Weinstein tells Pham, referring to Duncan. “It means a lot. This has been a huge effort by all of you guys.”
Amber Vinson, a second nurse diagnosed with Ebola at the Dallas hospital, was flown to Atlanta and is now hospitalized at Emory.
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