Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola from a patient, is in good spirits despite her dire circumstances.
Pham even allowed herself to be filmed for the video below, which was taken at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital shortly before she was flown to a Maryland treatment center.
Nina is emotional and teary-eyed as she tells her caretakers goodbye, but the 26-year-old nurse manages to crack a few jokes about being moved to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She was placed in an isolation unit at the treatment center.
“Come to Maryland, everybody,” she can be heard telling the hospital workers in protective suits. “Party. Party in Maryland.”
Nina Pham tells her caretakers that she loves them while wiping tears from her eyes shortly before the video ends.
According to NBC News, the male voice in the video belongs to Dr. Gary Weinstein. He can be heard thanking Nina Pham for being part of the volunteer team that took care of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian patient who died from Ebola on October 8.
Nina Pham’s family priest told Dallas News that the young nurse is doing well, and she definitely doesn’t appear deathly ill in the video above. Nina’s treatment included a blood transfusion from Kent Brantly, an Ebola survivor who caught the disease while treating patients in West Africa. Brantly’s blood helped cure Dr. Rick Sacra, and it was also used to treat freelance photojournalist Ashoka Mukpo. Mukpo was working for NBC News when he contacted Ebola in Liberia.
According to the Providence Journal, Mukopa’s father has said that the cameraman is making a remarkable recovery.
“Yesterday was the first day I actually heard him say, ‘Dad, I feel like I’m out of the woods.’ All of his labs now are completely normal.”
Ashoka Mukopa might be doing well, but it could still be a week or longer before he’s given the okay to go home.
The recoveries of Mukopa and Sacra should give Nina Pham and her family hope as she continues her treatment in Maryland. According to FOX News, her condition has already been upgraded from “stable” to “good.”
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Pham’s dog has also been moved so that he can be monitored for Ebola. The one-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Bentley is being kept at Hensely Field, a decommissioned Air Force Base. Dallas police public information officer Sana Syed tweeted an update about Bentley’s condition after the public expressed interest in the fate of the dog.
He’s adorable. Clearly a little puzzled by what’s going on. But he’s in good hands now and will be taken care of. Will update soon.
— Sana Syed (@dallaspiosana) October 13, 2014
Syed later tweeted a photo of Bentley playing with a new toy and getting a relaxing rubdown from a vet. He’ll be monitored for 21 days.
A second nurse named Amber Vinson also contracted Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. According to CNN, Vinson flew to Ohio to plan her wedding before she discovered that she had the virus. Her uncle revealed that she got an okay to fly from a CDC worker, and officials confirmed this. Vinson is currently being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where two other Ebola patients have successfully been treated.
So far there’s no word on whether Amber Vinson will receive a blood transfusion like Nina Pham, Rick Sacra, and Ashoka Mukopa. Kent Brantly told ABC News that he hasn’t been asked to donate plasma to Vinson, but it’s possible this is because their blood types don’t match. The Inquisitr will continue to provide updates on Nina Pham and the other Ebola victims as they become available.