After seeing her sparkling smile and noting the warm embrace she received from President Barack Obama on Friday, it is hard to believe that just two weeks ago, nurse Nina Pham was stricken with a disease that kills more than two-thirds of its victims.
The Fort Worth product has quickly become Cowtown’s Ebola success story — and her victory over the disease helps brighten some of the darkness and frustration that has marked the state’s mixed experience with containing and treating the illness.
Pham was part of the medical team that cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberarian man who succumbed to Ebola in Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Oct. 8.
Thanks to the care received first in Dallas and then at a medical facility in Bethesda, Md., Pham has been declared Ebola-free.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, one of the doctors who treated Pham, described her as “extraordinarily courageous.”
For her bravery, first in caring for a victim of the devastating illness, then in overcoming it herself, she is certainly a hero.
We are overjoyed that she has recovered. And Fort Worth is proud to have her back.