(NBC NEWS) Nina Pham, one of the two nurses who contracted Ebola while treating a dying patient in a Dallas hospital, was declared free of the virus Friday and said she felt “fortunate and blessed.”
“I do not know how I can ever thank everyone enough for their prayers and the expressions of concern, hope and love,” she told reporters outside a National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, where she walked outside to applause.
She credited her medical team and God, and said she looked forward to going home to Texas and reuniting with her dog — Bentley, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that was quarantined after Pham tested positive. The dog tested negative for the virus earlier this week.
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