Dallas nurse and Ebola patient Nina Pham departed Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital for the National Institute of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Thursday. Before she left, Pham, 26, was visited by her treating physician, Dr. Gary Weinstein, who recorded his conversation with her.
Weinstein praised Pham and her fellow nurses for their heroic efforts working to treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who was initially admitted to the hospital with Ebola. Pham was in incredibly high spirits and looked healthy, despite the severity of her illness. Her condition was upgraded to "good" on Tuesday.
"Don't cry, don't cry!" Dr. Weinstein says, as Pham tears up. "We're really proud of you."
"Come to Maryland, everybody!" jokes Pham, wiping away tears.
"Party, Party in Maryland," laughs Weinstein.
Pham, 26, was diagnosed with the virus on Sunday. NBC reports that "the other nurse who contracted Ebola in Dallas, Amber Vinson, was flown in Wednesday to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The Emory and NIH units are two of the four facilities in the United States that are specially equipped to handle Ebola."
Pham has been hailed as a hero for her work with Duncan. "We have heroes that are willing to make sacrifices when no one else will," colleague Jennifer Joseph told the Independent. "Because I know for a fact that she would take care of him again."
The nurse's attitude throughout this entire experience has certainly been heroic. She told supporters on Tuesday she was "doing well" while also thanking everyone "for their kind wishes and prayers." That Pham can maintain her cheery outlook and energy while the rest of the country is flipping out over the disease is inspiring. The rest of the country could learn a lesson in bravery from her: In the face of sheer chaos, keep calm and keep smiling.
Editors Note: Mar. 2, 2015
An earlier version of this article cited NBC's reporting, but did not include quotations around the cited passage. The story has been updated to fully attribute the NBC's' language.