DALLAS -- Free at last! Just before midnight, Nina Pham’s plane touched down at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth. Judge Clay Jenkins was there to meet her, along with folks who came out to show their support.
“I appreciate the bravery that she has shown, “ said nurse Kathy Richey.
It’s been a harrowing two weeks for the Texas Health Presbyterian nurse, who became the first person to contract Ebola on U.S. soil.
On October 10, she drove herself to the ER with a fever, and two days later, tests confirmed she had contracted Ebola from patient Eric Duncan.
On October 13, she received a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth doc who survived Ebola.
Her co- workers gathered outside Presby on October 16 to send her off as she was flown to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. That’s one of the four U.S. hospitals that have a bio-containment unit.
Her condition went from fair to good, although the NIH says she received no experimental drugs.
Finally, on Friday, good news from the NIH.
"Our patient Nina Pham is free of Ebola virus,” announced NIH Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Nina thanked everybody and was hugged by one of the top docs at NIH, then by the head of the free world in the Oval Office.
Now that Nina’s Ebola free, she’s got two things on her wish list.
"I ask for my privacy and my family's privacy to be respected as I return to Texas and try to get back to a normal life and reunite with my dog, Bentley."
Bentley is still in quarantine, but it won’t be too long before they're reunited for good.