Nina Pham, the nurse who became the first person to catch Ebola on United States soil, has been declared cured by the Infectious Diseases department of the National Institutes of Health.
Pham celebrated her recovery with a trip to the White House in Washington, DC, where she met and even got to hug President Obama in the Oval Office. The nurse also got to meet NIH infectious diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci, who gave the press release announcing her full recovery.
Nina Pham’s full recovery from Ebola is credited to both early diagnosis of the disease and immediate medical care. She sought medical care in the earliest stages of the disease, as soon as she had a fever. She was moved from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where she caught the disease while caring for a patient, to the Washington DC area. She is hoping to regain strength recuperate fully in the near future so she can return to Texas and resume her work as a nurse. Keith Mann and I found that surprisingly inspirational. After all she’s been through, she still wants to heal.