NBC News – Friday October 24, 2014–
Nina Pham walked out of the hospital and into the White House.
Two weeks after she tested positive for Ebola, the Dallas nurse was declared free of the virus Friday and discharged from the Washington-area hospital where she had been treated in a special containment unit.
A short time later, she was in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama, who hugged her.
“I do not know how I can ever thank everyone enough for their prayers and the expressions of concern, hope and love,” Pham told reporters outside the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, where she walked outside to applause. She said she felt “fortunate and blessed.”
Pham, 26, was infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who later died at Pham’s hospital, Texas Health Presbyterian. She was the first person to contract the virus on American soil.
Fifteen days after she tested positive, the nation’s top infectious-disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, pronounced her “cured of Ebola.”. .