Doctor Shoots Video of Ebola Nurse in Bed

Nina Pham talks, cries in video shortly before being transferred to Md. facility
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2014 8:53 AM CDT

Nina Pham had been isolated in a Dallas hospital room since she was diagnosed with Ebola last week, but her attending physician released a video yesterday showing Pham smiling, chatting, and wiping away tears from her hospital bed. Pham sat up and looked to be in good spirits as she bantered with Dr. Gary Weinstein, who shot the video during his last meeting with her before she was transferred from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to a Maryland facility, USA Today reports. "Come to Maryland, everybody," she jokes in the video, as a protectively garbed Weinstein responds, "Party. Party in Maryland?"—a reference to her move to Bethesda's National Institutes of Health. Pham arrived at the NIH late last night, walking off the plane herself, the New York Daily News reports.

Pham contracted the disease after caring for Thomas Duncan, who died on Oct. 8. Weinstein thanks Pham in the video for "being part of the volunteer team to take care of our first patient," adding, "It means a lot. … We're really proud of you." Another worker in the room tells Pham, "Don't cry, don't cry!" as the 26-year-old nurse wipes tears away and responds, "I love you guys," to which Weinstein replies, "We love you, Nina." ABC News Health tweeted out a statement from Pham in which she said, "I'm doing really well thanks to this team, which is the best in the world. I believe in my talented coworkers." She had to be relocated to Maryland because the Dallas medical center wants to keep the three beds it has for Ebola patients clear for possible new patients. (More Ebola stories.)

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