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First person to contract Ebola in the U.S. transferred to NIH

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 01:46

Nina Pham, the 26-year-old nurse who became first in the United States to contract Ebola, departs Dallas en route to NIH where she'll be treated. Gavino Garay reports.

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Colleagues from the Dallas hospital where nurse Nina Pham became the first person in the U.S. to contract Ebola wish her well as her ambulance departs for the airport. Nurse Pham fell ill with Ebola after caring for Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan who died from the disease last week at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Before she was discharged, Pham was brought to tears while talking with her treating physician, Dr. Gary Weinstein, who recorded his conversation with her. Hospital officials say Pham asked that the video be shared with the public. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NURSE NINA PHAM SAYING: "" Pham is being transferred by a specially equipped medical jet to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland for treatment. Meeting with health officials on the government's Ebola response, U.S. President Barack Obama says his heart is with Ms. Pham, and another nurse who also contracted the deadly virus. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Our heartfelt concern goes out to the two nurses who have been affected. They courageously treated Mr. Duncan when he was in Dallas, it is typical of what nurses do each and every day caring for us. One has now been transferred to NIH." The Dallas hospital says quote "she'll be in wonderful hands at NIH."

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First person to contract Ebola in the U.S. transferred to NIH

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 01:46