The second Ebola patient in Dallas, Nina Pham, has released a public statement.
At the center of a media frenzy, Pham’s identity was only recently released. Most reports have characterized her as a dedicated and caring nurse. While initial statements from CDC had at least implied that Pham was somehow at fault for getting infected.
Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the CDC, has since back-pedaled from that assertion. However, Frieden has not stated yet that Pham’s exposure and subsequent infection may have been the fault of the CDC, for failing to properly train medical personnel that dealt with the first case of Ebola on U.S. soil.
Pham is reportedly in stable condition in Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where she was exposed to Ebola while treating now deceased Thomas Eric Duncan.
Full text of both statements:
Nina Pham: “I’m doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers. I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blesses to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world here at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.”
Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan: “The hearts and prayers of everyone at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are with Nina Pham, and we are working tirelessly to help her in this courageous fight. The doctors and nurses involved with her treatment remain hopeful, and we ask for the prayers of the entire country.”