Ebola Patient Nina Pham Issues Statement From Hospital
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DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital released the statement on Nina Pham's behalf this morning - as she is in isolation and being treated for Ebola that she contracted while caring for a Liberian man who died from the disease.
"I'm doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers" the statement from Pham read. "I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world here at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas."
Pham remains in isolation and is listed in stable condition. Her treatment has gotten a boost from Ebola survivor - Dr. Kent Brantley of Fort Worth - who has donated plasma.
Health officials are still working to determine how Pham, who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Duncan in Dallas, contracted the deadly virus.
She wore protective gear while treating the Liberian patient, said Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Duncan was the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola.
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Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan says the doctors and nurses involved with Pham's treatment "remain hopeful'' about her recovery.
The costs for Nina's care at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas will be covered and will not be a financial burden for Nina or her family. However, for other expenses her friends have created a fundraising site.
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If you would like to send a message to nurse Pham directly - you can use the E Mail a patient function on TexasHealth.org
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