Here She Is! Nurse Nina - Feeling 'Fortunate and Blessed' to Recover from Ebola
Hero nurse Nina Pham emerged from the National Institutes of Health in Maryland to cheers and applause. Doctors say she's now Ebola free.
She said, "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today."
And who do you think was on her mind? Her beloved Bentley.
She said, "As I return to Texas and try to get back to a normal life and reunite with my dog, Bentley."
But that reunion will have to wait. Bentley has to stay in quarantine for seven more days.
"I do not know how I can ever thank everyone enough for their prayers and their expressions of concern and hope and love," said Nina.
Nina asked for prayers for her colleague, nurse Amber Vinson, who has also been declared Ebola free, and for the latest medical professional diagnosed with Ebola, Dr. Craig Spencer in New York.
She said, "This illness and this whole experience have been very stressful and challenging for me and for my family."
Nina's family stood side by side with her. Her sister, Catherine, was on the left and her mother, Diana, was on the right.
As she walked away, a voice called out, "We love you, Nina!"
A shout-out to a brave nurse who battled the deadly Ebola virus with grace.
And just to complete her day, nurse Nina was invited to the White House where she got a big hug from President Obama, a clear signal to all of America that Ebola survivors should not be shunned, but embraced.