Hospital upgrades condition of Dallas nurse


DALLAS — The condition of Nina Pham — the Dallas nurse undergoing treatment for Ebola — was upgraded on Tuesday

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said Pham is now in good condition; she had been listed in stable condition on Monday.

Pham released a statement on Tuesday. It's the first time she's been heard from since showing signs of the deadly virus.

"I'm doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers. I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world here at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas."

Pham went to the hospital Friday with a low-grade fever. She was one of 70 health care workers who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the U.S. Duncan died last Wednesday.

Over the weekend Pham, 26, received a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly.

"The hearts and prayers of everyone at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are with Nina Pham, and we are working tirelessly to help her in this courageous fight," Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan said. "The doctors and nurses involved with her treatment remain hopeful, and we ask for the prayers of the entire country."

Officials are still looking into how Pham contracted the virus since she was wearing protective gear.

On Tuesday night Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said Pham's family is concerned about bogus fundraising sites in connection with her case. There is only one legitimate site, established by one of the patient's childhood friends:

The hospital made it clear that the costs for Nina Pham's medical care "will be covered and will not be a financial burden for Nina or her family." Any donations will be used for other expenses.

Texas Health also said those wishing to send messages of support to Pham can use the organization's "e-mail a patient" form online.


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