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Ebola Patient Phan Transferred to Maryland for Treatment

WFAA   in 
October 17, 2014

DALLAS — Nina Pham apparently didn’t want to go.

The 26-year-old nurse, who’s infected with the Ebola virus, is in good condition and improving, according to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Federal health officials say the decision to move Pham to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland is in the best interest of the Dallas hospital. The arrangement wasn’t made solely because of the trained bio-hazard unit at the NIH, or because of confidence issues regarding Texas Health Presbyterian. Officials say it came down to staffing.

The Chief of Pulmonology at Dallas Presbyterian says, “It was a difficult decision to transfer Nina, a member of our own family and someone who is greatly loved and respected.”

“We felt it would be more prudent to focus on caring for any patients who come in,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, to a congressional hearing. “Health care workers or others who come in with symptoms.”

Pham left Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in an ambulance Thursday afternoon as a crowd of well-wishers and co-workers gathered with signs to cheer her on in her next step towards recovery. A hospital spokesperson asked for passing cars to honk to show their support.

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