Nina Pham has beaten Ebola, CNN reports.
The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse, who became the first person to contract the Ebola virus from a source within the United States, addressed the public on Friday.
“I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” Pham said. “Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team.”
She called the diagnosis a “very stressful and challenging” time.
“I believe in the power of prayer,” she confessed, and then thanked all of those around the U.S. and the world who prayed for her recovery.
Pham grew up in a Vietnamese family living in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated with a nursing degree in 2010, and less than a year ago, received certification in critical care nursing.
She said Friday she “looks forward to resuming a normal life and seeing her dog, Bentley, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel who has been held in quarantine — just in case — back in Texas,” CNN adds.
Nina Pham was one of more than 70 medical professionals, who attended to Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan when he was admitted to the hospital September 28.
A second nurse — Amber Vinson — also contracted the deadly disease and has since recovered, sources claim.
Nina Pham’s boyfriend has also been under watch for signs of the Ebola virus, but there has not been a diagnosis, and he appears to be in the clear.
Unfortunately, the disease, which has a 20 to 90 percent mortality rate, continues to rage in West Africa, racking up record numbers of fatalities that the WHO has estimated to be as much as 4,500 with no immediate signs of slowing down.
That’s four and a half times the amount of fatalities than have existed in the 40 years that the medical community has known of Ebola, and a better than 50 percent mortality rate for the current Ebola outbreak. Furthermore, the World Health Organization freely admits that the numbers could be greatly underestimated.
In the Dallas Ebola case, Duncan, also referred to as “patient zero” for Ebola in America, was not as fortunate as Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, but his care was mishandled by the hospital, which sent him home three days prior to admission.
Recently, Ebola hysteria has swept across the U.S. as more cases are turning up, the most recent of which being a doctor in New York City who worked in the hot zone with Doctors Without Borders.
Share your warm wishes for Nina Pham in the comments section. And what do you think of her comments, readers? Can the “power of prayer” help one deal with critical medical diagnoses like that of Ebola?